“No, not the nightlight Mummy! Turn on the big light, the nightlight makes shadows”
So runs the conversation with my seven-year-old at bedtime (nearly every night).
I’ve been thinking about that this week. A little bit of light goes a long way to dispelling the darkness, but a 100 watt light bulb is much, much better.
Our world is full of little nightlights. Little bits of God’s beauty and goodness breaking through in smiles, sunsets and hugs, in love, truth, joy and laughter. Every single piece of goodness and beauty in our world is a gift from the heart of our heavenly father and it gets rid of much of the darkness. But even the light of all those little night lights is not enough. It makes shadows.
This weekend a lot of people are, one way or another, celebrating the shadows. I really, really, really don’t want to offend, but I won’t be. I know that making fun of the darkness takes way some of our fear of it. I know that for most people it’s just lots of fun and pretending to be scared. But I won’t do it… I can’t, I just want to look into and celebrate the light.
Because the truth is that turning on a 100 watt light bulb in your life is better than having nightlights and trying to train yourself to not be afraid of the shadows.
As Katie says “when you turn on the big light it’s different. All that darkness runs away, all at the same time and there’s no room left for any shadows”
So today, as every day I’m going to do my best not to hang out in the shadows, and I’m celebrating the light.
“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it”
Happy victory-over-the-darkness day everybody – have a good one 😉