unfortunately, over the last couple of years, my sweet little neighborhood has taken a turn for the worst. quite often, there is unusual activity in the late evenings...more cars in the alley, more voices shouting outside my window, and more police/fire etc...
i try not to worry too much, but for some reason on saturday night, there was lots of weird going on. it never helps that i watch 48 hours on saturdays sometimes. scary stories and nighttime are not a good combo for me ;)
anyway, i went to bed like always, and woke up sunday morning like always. i happened to peek out the window, and the pic above is what i saw. ethereal and gorgeous. i thought to myself, 'well, darkness, i guess you just don't have any power today, because it's LIGHT out now!'
i found myself thinking about how God is light, and how Jesus is the Light of the World. it made me want to look up some scriptures, and explain the deep peace i felt inside, along with the beautiful sunrise.
In the dark, thieves break into houses,
but by day they shut themselves in;
they want nothing to do with the light.
For all of them, midnight is their morning;
they make friends with the terrors of darkness.
Job 24: 16-17
...giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.
The Light of Israel will become a fire,
their Holy One a flame;
in a single day it will burn and consume
his thorns and his briers.
Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and in you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining.
1 John 2:8
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.
2 Cor 4:6
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord.
there now, isn't that reassuring? i have decided that the darkness surrounds my neighborhood only in the crevices of night, but that God's light is greater, that it shines into the darkness, and that it comes each and every day!!! with that power in and around me, how can i be afraid?
:) happy monday folks!