It was a dreary November morning, the trail we were walking devoid of all color and life. The clouds formed a thick, seemingly impenetrable blanket of gray above us, casting a gloomy shadow over the already desolate landscape. We, like the exposed, skeletal trees lining the river, shivered against the chilly late autumn wind as we headed back toward home.
And then all at once the landscape changed. The sun, flooding through a crack in the heavy sky, danced and sparkled across the blackness of the water. Barrenness transformed to beauty; desolation to delight.
What a difference the light can make.
God has been using the imagery of light to speak to my heart in this somewhat desolate season— Light that penetrates the darkness and overcomes it; Light that guides us through unknown seasons and shadowy landscapes; Light that transforms, not only our lives, but those of the people around us—if we will only allow it to filter through the darkness.
“Once your life was full of sin’s darkness, but now you have the very light of our Lord shining through you because of your union with him. Your mission is to live as children flooded with his revelation-light! And the supernatural fruits of his light will be seen in you—goodness, righteousness, and truth” (Ephesians 5:7-9, TPT).
When the desolation of our current season threatens to overwhelm, let’s allow the Light—Jesus Himself—to break through the gloom; dancing across the deepest shadows of our heart, transforming what was once barren—dead even—into glorious beauty and fruit. Fruit that can, in turn, be a lamp to those around us who may be lost and struggling in the dark.
“Light is not so much something that reveals, as it is itself the revelation.” James Turrell
No matter how gloomy, how desolate the landscape of your life today, friend, look for the Light—and experience its supernatural power to transform.