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  • Writer's pictureJill Jarrell Newsome

It Only Takes A Spark

When I was a little girl I was so scared at night. At supper time I would start dreading bed time and start getting scared. I had lots of nightmares and I would wake up and try to call Momma but no noise would come out. I always wished I had a sister to sleep with me. I remember telling Momma that she was so lucky she did not have to sleep alone. I told her I could not wait to get married so I would not have to sleep by myself! When my girls were in elementary school they could fight all day but at bedtime they were best friends so they could sleep together!

Even as an adult I would say that everything is worse in the dark. I have always been able to fall asleep fast but if I wake up in the middle of the night I sometimes have a hard time going back to sleep. For years that is when I would think about negative things! And no matter what the situations were they were always worse in the dark. And I could make the situations worse as I laid there! The next day I would be much more realistic.

All through out Scripture light symbolizes God or holiness. We are not supposed to fear darkness because the Lord, our light, destroys darkness. Maybe in those dark times we feel God has abandoned us. Or, as in my case, maybe in those dark times I am not exercising my faith. If I start talking to God in the dark it will lighten things up! Even in total darkness one little flicker of light dispels the dark! It only takes a spark!

One little spark dispels the dark and next thing you know you are feeling better. A little bit of light can give us comfort and light our path. 2 Corinthians 4: 6, "For God, who said, 'Let light shine out of darkness,' made his light shine in our hearts." Ephesians 5: 8-14, "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. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. This is why it is said: “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”

Just as when I was a little girl I long for the light. I long for Jesus. When we have God in our life we have no one to fear. Psalm 27: 1, "The Lord is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?" After our conversion our God is our light. He is the light in us, around us, and shining through us!

John 8: 12, "When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."

Let the Lord light your way! Have a bright day!

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Jill, I can so relate. When I was a child our home was broken into, through my bedroom window. Although we were not at home, I feared the dark for many years. As an adult, I am fine as long as Jimmie is home. When he is away it takes a lot of prayer to get a good night's sleep...even with a security system! Praise God that He is always there, even in the dark night!

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