It happened again. Every year at this time, the gradual addition of light each day creeps up on me until one day it affects my attitude.
This year was no exception.
I cannot explain when it happened; I just know it has happened.
I know this because I actually feel like getting out and raking the yard. I haven't gotten out and done anything about it, mind you, but just the feeling is a watershed moment for me.
Increased daylight also turns my mind to all of the great opportunities presented by our awesome Alaskan summers. It truly is amazing what a little extra light can do for a person's outlook on life.
In the New Testament, the Greek word used for light is "phos." It gives rise to many familiar English words such as photograph literally a writing with light; phosphorous a light bearer or substance that glows in the dark; and photoelectric a cell that is switched on or off by the presence of light.
In God's Word, the term is used of natural and spiritual or supernatural light.
Both of these types of light are referred to in 2 Corinthians 4:4-6. The passage teaches us that God, who gave us natural light, also provided spiritual light.
In Scripture, Jesus Christ God's Son claims to be the light of the world. This terminology, of course, refers to the fact that only Christ can provide true spiritual illumination.
The verses in 2 Corinthians also teach us that the god of this world Satan is very much alive and active.
He has blinded many into staying in spiritual darkness rather than responding to the light of Jesus Christ and his Gospel.
John 8:12 clearly teaches this Gospel: Christ's death, burial and resurrection is the only way to move from spiritual darkness into spiritual light.
Has the increased daylight caused a shift in your attitude?
I have talked with several people who are ready to pull the tarps off their boats, and I have actually seen people raking their lawns.
What about spiritual light? Have you trusted the One who claims to be the light of the world?
Much could be said about light natural and spiritual. The Bible has a great deal to say on the subject, but the basic truth about light is that without it, there would be no life. This is true physically and spiritually.
The first words recorded in Scripture are in the form of a command by God: "Let there be light."
That principle must be true in each of our lives as well. We cannot please God in any way until we turn to Jesus Christ.
In John 1:4, the author says of Jesus, "In him was life and that life was the light of men."
The purpose for his coming was so we could understand that light and accept him. Once he becomes part of our life, others can see that light through us.
The attitude adjustment we receive from realizing increased daylight is nothing compared to the peace that envelopes us when we trust Christ to be our personal savior.
Have you been struggling spiritually? Are you constantly battling anxiety, depression or other emotional enemies? Have you tried other things to help fight your way through the darkness?
Why not trust Jesus today?
He promises, "Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life," John 8:12.
Phil Reemtsma is pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, 208 Lawton Drive, Kenai. The church's Web site is www.kenaicalvary.org. Reemtsma's E-mail is email@example.com.
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