I was recently in San Diego with my family. My son has taken up a love of photography and while we were there he was taking photos of everything. I realized as he set up shots, changing settings on the camera, that the quality of his photos were dependent on the level of light let in through the shutter. It lets light in or keeps it out. If you set things correctly, you can take a great photo in the darkest night or the lightest light. It all depends on your shutter. Like a camera, we also need light. And darkness.
We’ve all experienced darkness in some form throughout our lives. The followers of Jesus experienced the darkness of death. The experienced the death of a dream; a dear friend; the death of a new and living way. The light went out and they struggled with belief. Imagine the disciples sitting around the table as the reality of their darkness set in their hearts. Their story ended at the crucifixion.
As the others sat in a house together, Mary Magdalene decided to take a walk. She sat by Jesus’ tomb and wept. As she did, a man came up to talk with her, asking why she was crying. In the depths of her darkness, she answered telling him they had taken Jesus away and she couldn’t find him. But her darkness was revealing light before she could even see it unfold. Then revealing to her who he was, she cried out, “Rabboni, my Teacher!” It was Jesus standing before her.
The disciples couldn’t see how light could come out of such a dark moment. But little did they know, death didn’t stand a chance! That’s what is so compelling to me about Jesus and His resurrection. We will walk through the valley of the shadow of death, there will be darkness in our lives, but there is a promise of resurrection. A light will dawn. A new story being written.
We are all somewhere in between the darkness and light. Today, will you simply receive more of the light in your life? The Light shines on us all – it doesn’t discriminate, it is available to us all. What will you do with the light today? No matter how dark your life might be, or how light you think life is right now – there’s always more available to us.