Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The Armor of Light

So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.
                                                           - Romans 13:12

I sat in my totally dark bedroom, reading by the beam of my little book light.  My husband snored peacefully in bed while I sat in my comfy recliner.  He can't stand a bright light in the room and I refuse to go to the other bedroom by myself.  That's just the way it is.  So we have made peace with the darkness and my insomnia thanks to that little bitty light. 

I can't clip it onto anything and keep it shining where I need it, so I held it in one hand and managed the book with the other.  Page by page I was the Queen of Sheba traveling to visit Solomon thanks to the magic weaved by Liz Curtis Higgs.  My focus was totally on the pages. 

Until I happened to look up.  I realized that beyond the small curtain of light I could see nothing but darkness.  Could make out no details of the room - not the doorway, not the mirror above the vanity, not even the small glow of the nightlight in the bathroom.  There was a canopy of light and beyond the edge of the light there was a stone wall of the darkest dark. 

I have never thought of light as being armor.  But that night, in that darkness, light was as sharp as a real suit of armor.  Lighting my space and nothing more.  Contained.  Solid.  With real edges. 

The light came and the darkness could not overcome it (John 1:5).

Life gives us so many little examples of God's truth.  And so many new lessons.  Like seeing light as armor.  Have you ever seen it this way?  Do you have faith breezes that have taught you new ways to see light?