Friday, December 14, 2012

The Light...just a little while longer


John 12:35-36
New International Version (NIV)
35 Then Jesus told them, “You are going to have the light just a little while longer. Walk while you have the light,before darkness overtakes you. Whoever walks in the dark does not know where they are going. 36 Believe in the light while you have the light, so that you may become children of light.” When he had finished speaking, Jesus left and hid himself from them.

When I read this, I thought of my husband, Jerry, and his farming.  I know that many times, he works "till dark" when in a tractor that doesn't have lights.  Usually there is some sense of urgency to his as well.  Something needs to be planted, tilled, harvested before the weather changes, or before an insurance deadline, or before he has to be gone somewhere.  A person, of course, can continue to work after dark, but without good lighting, it's a guessing game if you are going in a straight line!  

You might look out a month later to some very crooked rows of crop coming up!  Or see strips of grain that didn't get harvested!  Many combines and tractors these days do have pretty good lights on them.  But if you happen to be working with one that does not, the LIGHT from the sun is of great importance.  It's not wise to delay in getting the job done, or in trying to finish the job in a sloppy way.  

The light is with us only so many hours of our day.  Jesus was on this earth for only a short time.  I wonder how many regretted not taking advantage of His Light while he was physically there!?  Jesus is with us now, also...do I take advantage of His Light in my life?  Our moments here are fleeting...