The Light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it. (John 1:5)
The other day I was reading the Bible, and I found myself in John. I read this verse and at first I pictured the biggest, brightest thing I could; a star, or maybe the sun. But even the sun is dwarfed by space - space overcomes the light and the warmth of the sun.
Take a look at the second part of this verse: 'the darkness has not overcome it.' Overcome, overwhelmed. Upon reading this I thought, what have I felt overcome by lately; work, exams, finishing exams, prom?! Whatever I can find, it seems.
But how often do I feel overcome with the Light of the Lord; overwhelmed by Him, His phenomenal love for me and the countless blessings that I've been given? Not as often as I'd like. In doing this, I'm letting the darkness consume the Light of the Lord. So it's with that image that this verse has really spoken to me recently; by giving me a sense of proportion in my life.
I think it's about having my eyes and my heart open to this Light and walking in it.
We try and hide in darkness; thinking it masks our flaws and sinfulness, but Light overcomes it every time.
Spoiler = God wins! Not only does He take away our sinfulness, but God shines a Light on us to change us. A Light of honesty and love, not of hidden flaws and covered-up sins.
Ultimately, we should be overcome with the urge to walk in this Light, to live an honest life lit by Him. In order to be spiritually refreshed, we need to be spiritually committed to living a life with Him in the Light.
Rosie is about to start sixth form in Cambridge. She loves malt loaf, laughing, God's grace, new socks and is nearly always found dancing. She can't wait for all God has to show her this year!