by John Michalak
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. Those who lived in the land of the shadow of death, on them the light has shined. You have multiplied the nation. You have increased their joy. They rejoice before you according to the joy in harvest, as men rejoice when they divide the plunder.
When a room is totally dark, most won’t turn on the main overhead light. If possible, they’ll turn on a small lamp. Why? Because to go from complete darkness to light is a real shock to the eyes. Such great light pains our eyes and we’ll shield them until we can adjust.
Isaiah prophesied of a great light, Jesus Christ, coming into a dark world. John said that most people Jesus came to had not accept His light. And many today still reject it. They’re used to the darkness. They have no sense that there will be anything good beyond that initial pain.
We who’ve experienced the light can still walk in darkness, and have the same instinct to shield our eyes when the light returns. But, don’t shield your eyes, or worse, turn off the light again.
We may always feel some pain when confronted with Christ’s light. But after that pain, there is joy. We’ll see new fruit in our lives and will wonder why we ever chose the darkness again.
So, if you find yourself in a place of darkness, don’t shield your eyes. Turn on the overhead light.