Seeking The Light

By Annette McDaniel

On a Sunday afternoon trip with my childhood friend and her parents, we drove into a violent rainstorm. From a sky, previously bright with sunshine, enormous dark clouds blew in, blotting out the sun. Suddenly we were in such a downpour that there was no visibility of the surrounding countryside. Joyce’s father pulled off to the side of the gravel road as the storm raged all around us. The adults seemed calm enough but I was scared and so was Joyce.

Suddenly she broke into song. At the top of her lungs she began to sing.

Heavenly Sunshine, Heavenly Sunshine
Flooding my soul with Glory Divine.
Heavenly Sunshine, Heavenly Sunshine
Hallelujah! Jesus is Mine!

I joined her in the chorus and soon her parents sang along. Perhaps ten minutes later (although it seemed longer at the time), the black clouds passed and the sun reappeared leaving rainbow sparkles in the droplets clinging to the car windows. We were frightened nine-year-olds witnessing a small miracle when we needed one.

As the month of January ends, we have passed through an inordinately long period of cloudy days where I was losing hope of ever seeing a sunny day again. I doubt that I have Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which, according to the Mayo Clinic brings with it depression, lethargy and a craving for junk food, because I can have those feelings any time of the year. Nevertheless, when the sun came out for an entire day, I was refreshed.

From the time, God said “let there be light”, until we read in Revelation that “the Lamb is the light”, we are creatures who need the light. Beyond that, we were created to be light. Matt.5:16 and to walk as children of light. Eph. 5:8 so it is no wonder that we crave the sunshine. Just as the moon shines on the earth with light reflected from the sun, we are incapable of producing our own light but must reflect the radiance that comes from the “Light of the World”, Jesus Christ. The closer to the Source, the stronger the reflection.

It is interesting that the Jewish days begin at sunset. Their reasoning is simple. When God created everything, it began in darkness. “The earth was without form and void: and darkness was upon the face of the deep.” Each creation ends with “so the evening and the morning were the first (or second through sixth) day.” From darkness to light, not the other way around.

Everyone will agree that life is filled with ups and downs, dark times and light. But does the darkness extinguish the light, or does the light conquer the darkness? The darkness is a time of stretching our faith, seeking the light, knowing that there is sunshine beyond the gloom. Our mission is to tap into our reflected light and push on. No matter how dark things appear, the Light will have the final Word.

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About Annette McDaniel

Annette McDaniel

Annette McDaniel is a former elementary school teacher, former accountant. She has published numerous articles in THE BEST TIMES magazine and poems in various church school papers. She currently resides in Olathe, KS. She’s always willing to give a hand…”


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