In the dead of night, rain seeps from the low hanging clouds in total darkness. The refugees head towards the little town, step by step. They hope they will not miss it. Many more kilometers to go. They are still in the mountains. Exhausted and exasperated. Black thoughts set in more and more. Maybe the guide deceived them? Maybe he miscounted the mountain ridges. Maybe they took the wrong turn. God help us!
Is anybody here?
War is not the best time for night hikes. Total darkness is necessary in order to avoid the enemy’s airplanes from finding them. What is a saving grace for the town dwellers can become a death sentence for escaping hikers.
Today we are also in a state of war, but instead of bullets we are attacked with accusations, criticism and smirks. In order to avoid it, we cover our windows and hide our lamps under baskets. Now we can have some safety, some peace and quiet, right?
Every day, people searching for a purpose in life go past us - night hikers searching for crumbs of truth. Do not keep Jesus for yourself. Do not look for others to do something – you are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden (Matt 5:14). Most probably at your university, school or a workplace, there are people searching for God – tear down the covers on your windows! Open the door! Let them see you! Let our cities shine! If not you, who will?
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
1 Peter 2:9, NIV
In the dead of night, rain seeps from the low hanging clouds in total darkness. The refugees head towards the little town, step by step. They hope they will not miss it. All of a sudden they can see a streak of light behind them. Somebody has uncovered the window. The refugees run towards the light. There is still some hope. There is a God.
Be the light!