There’s Something About Light
By Caron Cline
On March 13, we will once again set our clocks ahead by one hour as we usher in Daylight Savings Time. That extra hour of daylight, along with the steadily warming temperatures, is a reminder that spring is near with summer not far behind. DST was first proposed in 1784 by Benjamin Franklin to conserve candles. In 1895, a New Zealand entomologist and astronomer proposed changing the time by two hours to allow more daylight hours for collecting and examining insects. Germany was the first to establish DST in 1916 to save fuel during World War I, and the rest of Europe soon followed suit. Finally, in 1918, the United States realized that this would be an opportunity to extend the workday, and also adopted DST.
There’s something about light that energizes and motivates. In the winter, people want to be home by 8:00 pm because they are worn out and ready for bed! Once DST begins, 8:00 pm seems the perfect time to shop, visit or start a new home project! Colder temperatures and shorter daylight hours drain our batteries as well as our spirits. But there’s something about light that changes our entire perspective.
As Christians, we have the opportunity to shine the light of Jesus every day, 24/7. Jesus made a powerful statement to His disciples in John 9:4-5, “We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is coming when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the Light of the world”. In John 8:12, Jesus added this: “he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life”. Followers of Jesus possess the Holy Spirit Who fills each believer with an eternal flame, warming and illuminating those in our sphere of influence. Walking in the supernatural Light of our Lord provides the power to change the atmosphere in our homes, schools, communities, and workplaces.
The extra hour of light provided by DST cannot compare with the Holy Spirit’s ever-abiding Light within. His Light extinguishes darkness, renews minds, and overcomes the world. John 1:5 says that the darkness cannot overcome the Light of Life found in Jesus, therefore, it cannot overcome us. The Spirit within enlightens the eyes of our heart so that we are no longer blind to the schemes of the prince of darkness; God’s truth sets us free from the clutches of the enemy. The Spirit also reveals God’s calling upon our lives, the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and the greatness of His power toward all who believe. The Spirit enlightens our minds with wisdom and revelation to know and fulfil the perfect will of God. Being a carrier of the Light of life is sobering. Jesus stated that we are the light of the world, therefore we have been chosen to reveal the character of God to others through our actions and words. There’s something about God’s Light shining through His people; darkness has to flee!!
Caron is a follower of Jesus Christ and a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Morganton, NC. She loves to teach the word of God.
Her desire is to see every believer grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord.
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