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Light in the Darkness

Think back to a time when you have tried to walk through an unfamiliar room in the dark. It’s usually not a pleasant experience and you’re just praying that you don’t trip and fall or walk into a wall! Once you reach the light switch and flip it on, your anxiety subsides as you can now see where you are going!

Scripture often describes God as light! Jesus is the light of the world. The Bible is a light unto our path! The Bible also tells us that no matter how dark it is, God’s light shines through (John 1:5).

Right now we are living in some pretty dark days. As we battle COVID-19 deaths are increasing by the minute. The stock market is in disarray. 3.3 people have filed for unemployment in a single day. No experts can tell us when this is going to end much less what the coming weeks and months look like!

But God’s light shines through darkness. If you have asked God to come into your life, forgive you of your sins and give you eternal life in Him then you are a child of God and you are in the light. It may not always feel like it, but we have the confidence that comes through a relationship with Him that we are walking in the light! That doesn’t mean we see everything we want to right now, but it does mean we are holding the hand, being led by the One who does.

But it doesn’t just stop at being in the light! We also have the opportunity to be the light! Through the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit we have the very light of the world living in us right now! We possess the very light that the dark world so desperately needs! Right now, in this moment, we each have the opportunity to be that light. While we may be restricted by social distancing, God is not! So let your light…which is God’s light, shine! Share a word of encouragement on Instagram. FaceTime a friend and let them know you’re thinking about them. Whatever it may be, let your light shine before that they may give glory to God (Matthew 5:16)!

If you are reading this and you do not have a relationship with God, look for the light during this time! Ask God to show you His light…to lead you to His light that comes through asking Jesus to come into your life, to forgive you of all you sins, and accept the free gift of eternal life by placing your hope and trust in Him!

God does not want us to walk in the darkness! He also assures us that we don’t have to! So let’s walk in the light during this dark time and help others to do the same!

Kyle and Maggie Hooper live in Blacksburg, Virginia where they serve with The Navigators U.S. Military Ministry at Virginia Tech. In addition to their ministry to the Corps of Cadets, Kyle serves as an F-22 Aircraft Maintenance Officer in the Virginia Air National Guard. Kyle & Maggie have two children, Jack (2) and Luke (1) and are passionate about raising up Godly leaders across our nation’s military.

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