As a child, I never liked the dark. I took great comfort in knowing the simple flip of a switch would bring the light back from the darkness that had tried to gobble it up.
Storms were common in South Carolina and frequently the electricity would go out, leaving us in darkness that would not respond to the simple switch flip.
As I cried out in fear, my mother would gather me up in her arms and gently say, “I’m here. I’ll show you the light.” And she would light a kerosene lamp.
Then we would sit in the rocking chair and she would sing the old hymn, “God will take care of you.”
Tonight the electricity went off. For awhile we were missing not only the lights, but also the heat and all of the things (like tv) that we use to try to distract us from the anxieties of life.
The darkness, the quiet, all seemed overwhelming. Even though well cared for by the ever resourceful Love of My Life, who quickly got out our battery operated lights, the old feeling of fear returned.
And then somewhere down that long corridor of time, the song returned. God will take care of me! And He did. He stilled my soul in those anxious moments and reminded me of a Truth much greater than I would have found on tv.
Times may be dark. We may be tempted to fear when we cannot fix the things in our life by simply flipping the switch. But He is always with us and darkness is as light to Him. He is The Light! He will take care of us!
And praise God, He did work through some wonderful people, who brought back the electricity … lights … heat. I am appreciating them more than ever.
I am comforted by the thought of that great city to come. My heart sang when I read that there will be no night there!
“There will be no more night in the city, and they will have no need for the light of a lamp or of the sun. For the Lord God will shine on them and they shall reign forever and ever.”