When Darkness Becomes Light

When Darkness Becomes Light

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son…” John 3:16

Yesterday, on my way home from work, I watched a car make a right hand turn on a red light. It was not the best decision. There was not a lot of distance between cars for the driver to make this move. However, the car was able to squeeze in without anyone slamming on their brakes.

The decision did not sit well with the driver immediately behind the car. That driver decided to express their displeasure by honking their horn. They continued a constant blare of sound for several blocks. It made me wonder what was going on in their life that compelled them to blast their horn for so long.  No one was hurt and nothing was damaged. A simple honk would have been sufficient.

There are times my soul is absolutely crushed over how terrible we are to each other. We drop bombs on people to get them to stop using chemicals to kill. Youth storm a commuter train to rob people for entrainment purposes. I cannot figure out why some want the right to shoot people they deem a threat. Statistically speaking, the greatest threat to our safety is our own family. No place seems safe.

The incident with the car may seem minor in comparison to these larger issues, but it’s not. All of these actions need deep seeded anger to sustain them. They speak to the overwhelming sense of darkness in the world. However, this darkness transforms the words we read in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world…” God loves us despite our inclinations to anger, hatred and violence. It’s a love so deep that God decided to join us in the struggle, so our darkness could become light.

I don’t agree with the Gospel of John. People don’t really love darkness. We just get used to it and think there is no other way. Eventually, people discover the truth, there is no life in darkness. It’s a truth we live when we commit ourselves to overcome evil with good.

Click to read: John 3: 16-21

Reflection Questions:

  • Consider the person who honked their horn, how many people do you think were influenced by his  anger?
  • How many people would have noticed if he had chosen not to honk his horn?
  • How often do we fail to see goodness in the world? And, how does this shape our lives?
  • What can you do to overcome evil with good today?

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