It’s Monday, and I think I’m ready to get back at this. I’m reading John 12:27-36. If you are reading with me, go do that now. I’m not going to go though it all for you today.
There are couple of things that stand out.
- A voice from heaven spoke and everyone heard it. Some thought it just thunder, and others thought it an angel.
I wonder if those who thought it thunder, didn’t hear the words, maybe they weren’t meant for them? And those that thought it was an angel? Well, Jesus flat out says the voice was for the crowd .
Nothing to really say about that just some thoughts that passed through my mind.
2. The whole light and dark thing. I feel like it was very at that moment specific, in that Jesus is talking about how he is the light and he will only be with them for a little while more so they need to follow the light, believe in the light so that they can become the light.
But in this journey, I’m looking for what it means for me right here, right now.
So… I need to define the light and dark for myself. First of all, I don’t think the world is black and white, or simply light and dark, there are shades of grey and shadows… different levels of color and of light.
For me, the light is a metaphor for what is good, what is pure, what is right… and the dark is the opposite of that. But it’s not that simple for me.
The lines blur…
It can get confusing…
We can get misled…
This really made me think a lot about the state of our country and the division…. Each ‘side’ thinks they are the light…
For me, light is what is good, kind, and loving. Dark is not… it can be judgmental, hateful, angry…
But the lines here can blur as well. Kind and loving people can get angry when they see judgement or hate which can make them judge and hate. It’s easy to be the light and be pulled into the darkness without even noticing.
Shades of grey… that’s all there is really… there are different levels of light and dark…
So this scripture, just blurs the lines for me.
For me, I try to see the light and be the light in a world of grey, sometimes I succeed and others… not so much. The world isn’t perfect and neither am I. I’m hopefully more light than dark, but I know I’m a grey in between and I think most of us are. I guess my take away today is … to go into the light!
Until next time… ♥️
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