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Out of the Darkness and Into the Light

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

John 8:12

It was late, very dark, and I was driving on an unfamiliar country road. I had been the guest preacher that night at a small Alabama church. Suddenly I heard a loud bang followed by the thumping of a flat tire.

As I stepped from the car to inspect the damage, I was engulfed in complete darkness. Couldn’t see my hand in front of my face. I slipped back into the car, turned on my headlights, and again ventured out into the cold night navigating over uncertain footing to change the right rear tire. Still couldn’t see it.

How could I possibly handle the problem? Walking down a road I couldn’t see wasn’t an option. No phone, flares, or flashlight. There was only one thing to do. “God, help me!”

The stillness of the night was interrupted by a loud voice. “Hey!”

Looking around, I saw no one.

Again came the cry, “Hey!”

Stranded in the darkness in the middle of nowhere, and now I’m hearing voices. “God, is that You?” Did He just answer my plea audibly?

Then I saw a small beam of light coming toward me.

“Hey! You need help?”

Boy, was that the understatement of the year. “Yes, sir. Just had a flat tire,” I said as a man carrying a flashlight appeared from out of the darkness.

“What you doin’ out here this late?” he said gruffly.

“I’ve been preaching a revival at the Baptist church.”

He went right to work, all the while complaining about the hypocrites at the church. It only took him a few minutes to complete the task. Before he left, he shared a few more curse-laden remarks about phony Christians, and then departed into the darkness. He was gone before I could inquire about the cause of his anger.

Several months later, I became the pastor of a nearby church. That gave me an opportunity to retrace my route from the night of the flat tire. Found the approximate location, but there wasn’t a house nearby. Only empty fields and trees.

God heard my prayer and supplied my need. Beyond that I have no explanation.

I shared that story because it illustrates life without Christ. If you are living without Him, you are attempting to navigate through life in darkness, which is an exercise in futility. You don’t know where you are and you sure don’t know where you are going.

But Jesus is “the light of the world.” If you follow Him, He will always provide the light you need for every circumstance, no matter how difficult; for today, tomorrow, and eternity. You will “never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Possibly you are facing a difficult situation that seems hopeless and unsolvable. There is absolutely nothing you can do to make it right. Just call out to Him. It doesn’t have to be an elaborate prayer. In fact, sometimes the most meaningful and powerful prayer is simply, “Lord, help me!”

And just because you don’t see anything happening doesn’t mean He’s not working things together for your good. (Romans 8:28) He is completely trustworthy.

Come out of the darkness and into the light by trusting — the light of the world, Jesus Christ.

For more on this subject, check out this article: How God Works for Us Behind the Scenes

Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 4 (October – December) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.

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