Spring is thunderstorm season where I live. Great big piles of dark clouds show up and bump into each other. We get hail showers that always thrill my children. For a little while the sky will be glowering and dark.
Last spring right after one of these storms, while the sky overhead still loomed gray and heavy, I drove down the hill to the next town over. I ended up driving out from under the cloud mass into brilliant sunshine, quite a change from where I had just been. In the sunlight everything showed up bright and new-looking.
As I finished my errand and turned my car toward home, I was astonished to see how black the clouds looked with the sun shining on them. They hadn’t seemed that dark when I was still under them. I had a whole new perspective from my vantage point in the light.
This is how it can be when we come into Jesus’ light. We are going along, living our gray lives without even knowing how dark they really are, how heavy the sin in our hearts. Then we respond to Jesus’ voice in the storm saying, “Come to Me.” Suddenly we are in His brilliant light and we look back and see how black our lives had really been. He washes us as white as the sunshine and gives us new life.
That is where I want to live, in the newness of life in a relationship with Jesus. Do you want that too? All we have to do is believe Him, turn from our sin and follow Him into the light.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.” John 3:16 & 21