An online friend of mine once shared a poem which vividly portrayed his extreme sorrow, even depression, because of the ugliness of certain elements of this world. Who can blame him for bemoaning the soldiers who may never come home…the waste and destruction of earth's resources that God intended to be plentiful…global warming…political perversion and dishonesty? Who isn't angered and disheartened by child molestation and elder abuse? News reports tend to pack themselves with the most negative, unwelcome news. The list of depressing topics goes on and on, and dwelling too much on these things can certainly sap our joy.
Thank God we have been instructed on what we should have on our minds: things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, and of good report!
Like the ostrich, who buries its head in the sand when faced with potential danger, I'm learning to immerse myself in the light of God when threatened by the darkness of this world. 1 John chapter 1 says that "God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all." None. Nada. Zilch. Zero. Just pure, beautiful light. And we all know which is stronger. No matter how black the darkness, one tiny candle overcomes it. Be reminded yet again: If we all shine one little candle…we can light the world!
But in those times when the darkness encroaches into your mind…when the days seem more filled with rain than with sunshine…when the world threatens to overpower and victory seems impossible…lift your head and look into the Light.