The other morning I am lying in bed with my eyes closed. All of a sudden it felt like someone turned on a light. My eyes were still closed but I could tell the room was brighter. I rolled over and opened my eyes and saw that the sun had risen and light was starting to enter the room through my window.

All of a sudden it hit me as a metaphor for spiritual awakening. We can be facing away from God, closing the eyes of our hearts, asleep to the truth in the darkness of our minds. But when His love shines upon us, we are compelled to turn around and see Him and ourselves and others clearly. Jesus rose and is our Light.

What amazes me is that the metaphor shows we are as dead in our darkness. It’s not me that turns to Him. But Him who finds me and brings me to life. He leaves the ninety-nine to gather all so that none are lost. Now that is comforting.

“If I say, ‘Surely the darkness shall fall on me,’ even the night shall be light about me; indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You, but the night shines as the day; the darkness and the light are both alike to You.” (Psalm 139)

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