NIV John 12:46 I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.
The days are getting longer. Whereas it used to be dark by 6 PM, as I write this post it is 7:30 PM and the Sun is just now approaching the setting horizon. The close we move to Easter (and thus to Summer) the longer the light shines and the short the darkness remains. As it is with the seasons so it is with our lives.
The Dorotheus circle (named after Dorotheus of Gaza a sixth Century follower of our Lord) is a teaching tool with a circle which represents the world and has God at the center. The radii are human lives. The progress that each makes toward God brings him closer to the other brothers. The closer to God the closer to each other. Outside of the circle is the darkness at the center of the circle and (1 John 1:5) God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. So as we move toward God, toward Jesus, we move toward the light.
It is during Lent, we move toward a time of darkness. It is in the darkness that Jesus is taken captive in the garden. It is in this time that Jesus states: (Luke 22:53) Every day I was with you in the temple courts, and you did not lay a hand on me. But this is your hour– when darkness reigns.”
Darkness still seeks to reign in our lives. It seeks us, seduces us, deceives us and makes us instruments of our own destruction. It is the darkness that speaks to the evil in each of us. In the lies of darkness too many make the wrong choices.
The Apostle John write: (NIV John 3:19-21) This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.
We must pass through the darkness but we can be assured the Light will come. We can also be assured that even the smallest of lights cannot be overcome by the mightiest of darkness-es. May we pray each day that we may walk in the light of our Lord.