Choosing Light over Darkness

Choosing Light over Darkness

Choosing Light over Darkness

This is a wonderful time of year in Finland. Our summers are not that hot but we really do have light in abundance. You’ve probably heard of the Midnight sun when the sun remains visible at the local midnight.

Those of us who love light have a hard time understanding why some people don’t share our enthusiasm for light. There are people who prefer darkness. Like Jesus said 2000 years ago:

“This is the crisis we’re in: God-light streamed into the world, but men and women everywhere ran for the darkness. They went for the darkness because they were not really interested in pleasing God. Everyone who makes a practice of doing evil, addicted to denial and illusion, hates God-light and won’t come near it, fearing a painful exposure. But anyone working and living in truth and reality welcomes God-light so the work can be seen for the God-work it is.” (John 3:19-21, MSG)

Even though God, who is light, comes to find us and rescue us from darkness, there are people who’d rather stay in darkness than come to light. They are not interested in pleasing God or living in light. They are addicted to denial and illusion. They hate God-light for it can expose their filthiness.

Sure, it can be scary to come to light. But the Bible tells us “The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and abounding in mercy and loving-kindness” (Psalm 145:8, AMP). God sent his only Son to the world to illuminate our way back to him. When we repent and turn back to him, we can be sure God will forgive us and shower us with blessings. And those blessings are full of light.

God loves all who hate evil,
   And those who love him he keeps safe,
   Snatches them from the grip of the wicked.
Light-seeds are planted in the souls of God’s people,
   Joy-seeds are planted in good heart-soil.
So, God’s people, shout praise to God,
   Give thanks to our Holy God!
(Psalm 97:10-12, MSG, emphasis added)

We need to cultivate the soil of our souls so the light-seeds that are planted in our souls will take root. We need to be exposed to the Light of the Word so the joy-seeds that are planted will grow. We also need to be patient as we wait for those seeds to grow into full blessings in our lives. Meanwhile we are called to reflect God’s light into darkness. Because God’s light is not meant just for us. The more we shine, the faster also our own light-seeds and joy-seeds will grow. This is what living in light is all about: shining and sharing.

We are called to choose light over darkness. Every day of our lives. Not only when all is well. But especially when darkness seems threatening. Because then the victorious light shines brightest. Just try it yourself. Start praising God when you least feel like it. And experience the Holy Light!


Gracious God,
Enable us always to choose light over darkness.
Expose any hidden dark spots in our hearts
and get rid of them
and anything else that hinders our love for you.
Plant light-seeds, joy-seeds in our souls.
Bless them so they could grow
and bring glory to you.
Empower us to always live in light
and shine bright for you.
In Jesus’ name,

Q4U: Have you experienced the victorious light in your life?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you tend to the seeds of blessings in your soul.

Image courtesy of Tim Hoff. Linking up today with Thought-Provoking Thursdays and  Faith Filled Friday.

9 thoughts on “Choosing Light over Darkness

  1. Hi Mari-anna – visiting from Thoughtful Thursdays.  Lovely post.  I am grateful for the light God has in the world.  Without it we would be in complete darkness.  Thankfully, the light chases the darkness away.  God bless

  2. Love this! 🙂 I haven’t been to Finland, but I have visited Sweden in the summer and you are so right…there is light in abundance and it is absolutely gorgeous! Hopping from Beholding Glory.

  3. I would love to live in Finland!  My favorite days of the year is the shortest day (because they will only start getting longer) and the longest day of the year.  And, too, in my spiritual life I crave the light.  And serve the “Light of the world!”  His light fills my heart.  Your prayer is beautiful.  

  4. I’ve always heard that it’s darkest before dawn.  When this world seems so evil, I think of this. Soon God’s light will shine upon this dark world, I pray for all those who will not be happy at His appearing.

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