"Blessed are those...who walk in the light of Your presence."
I've always had a great affinity for the word "light" throughout the Bible. I've searched the scriptures to find every mention of the word during some of the darkest times in my life. As one who battles frequent bouts of depression, the word can take on significant meaning. Depression is often described as a deep dark pit, so those who have suffered through it know that "light" is a lifeline to help.
Jesus is that lifeline. And not just for depression, but for whatever situation you might find yourself in that feels dark, frustrating, or overwhelming. Jesus is always waiting with his hand outstretched to pull you to safety. The Bible promises hardship for all of us, but nowhere does it say that we must endure it alone. In the first several verses of the book of John, Jesus is described as The Light, and again in 8:12 Jesus proclaims it himself saying,
"I am the light of the world.
Whoever follows me
will never walk in darkness,
but will have the light of life."
What a gift! We are surrounded by darkness on every side in our society, but Jesus provides our hope.
If you are struggling, would you go to the concordance in your Bible and do a word search for the word "light" and read through those scriptures? I hope that you will be as encouraged as I am each time I do it. Then pray and ask God to infuse you with the light of Christ, let it permeate your soul. Soak Him in, and rest in his assurances.
I love that each day as I walk past my fireplace, I am reminded of the Light of His Presence by this beautiful vase and candle holder. It is one of my favorite pieces from Blessings Unlimited.
Have a blessed day walking in HIS light!