My cat, Emma, can usually be found in one of three places – at the foot of my side of the bed watching the birdies at the feeder, cat-napping in her window sill bed or distributing fur on my lap. The other day, I realized that I had not seen or heard her for a while so I called out to her, but she did not come running at the musical sound of my voice. So I went looking for her and finally found her laying on the floor at the foot of the bookcase in the spare room. Now, I know that Emma is clever but I didn’t think that she had developed a sudden passion to read, so I wondered what made her choose that unlikely location. Then I noticed that she was sitting in the sunbeam that was streaming from the spare room window.
Later on in the day, I found her dozing at the end of my hubby’s side of the bed, once again having selected a spot of sunshine in which to luxuriate. As the day wore on, Emma moved to two other locations in the living room, leaving a trail of white fur in her wake as she moved.
I wondered what had prompted her to continuously disturb her dozing when I suddenly realized that she had been chasing the sunshine from room to room and spot to spot as the sunlight moved around the house. She knew where warmth and comfort could be found and she followed it’s source.
I think that there is a great spiritual lesson to be found in following Emma’s example of chasing the light.
John the Baptist went around telling people of the coming of someone who was The Light.
Joh 1:6,7 There was a man sent from God; his name was John. This one came as a witness, to bear witness concerning the Light, so that all might believe through him.
Jesus told us that he was, and is, the Light that John was talking about.
Joh 8:12 Then Jesus spoke again to them, saying, I am the Light of the world.
We are told that in that Light, there is life.
Joh 1:4 In Him [Jesus] was life, and the life was the light of men.
Natural sunlight can be diminished or blocked by clouds, dust storms, forest fires and even the moon. The natural phases of day and night mean that we don’t have sunlight 24 hours a day. Candles and light bulbs burn out. But the Light of Jesus does not succumb to darkness; it is an everlasting light.
Joh 1:5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overtake it.
A friend of mine recently related an experience that she had when she went on a tour of an under ground mine. I have also been on the same tour so I have also shared in that experience. The tour guide takes you down into one of the tunnels and then turns off all the lights. The darkness is absolutely complete; you can not see your hand right in front of your nose. It is so dark, it feels like a thick, heavy blanket being wrapped around your head – almost suffocating in intensity. It is not something that you would wish to experience for very long!
Living a life without Jesus can be like sitting in that deep, black darkness of the tunnel. But Jesus tells us that if we follow him, we do not have to live in darkness.
Joh 8:12 Then Jesus spoke again to them, saying, I am the Light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
If you are a person who practices (makes it a lifetime habit) truth (the only truth as set out by God) then you will find and live in the light Jesus of which Jesus spoke.
Joh 3:21 But he who practices truth comes to the Light so that his works may be revealed, that they exist, having been worked in God.
People who do not wish to follow the truth of God, as seen in the life of Jesus, are people who live in darkness. They are like mole rats who never see the light of day, are hairless, wrinkled, ugly and live in toxic environments. Jesus called people who choose to live in darkness – evil.
Joh 3:19, 20 And this is the condemnation, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than the Light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light, lest his deeds should be exposed.
Jesus calls us to be followers of his light. When we follow Jesus, who is light, we become sons of light.
Joh 12:35, 36 Then Jesus said to them, Yet a little while the Light is with you. Walk while you have the Light, lest darkness come upon you. For he who walks in darkness does not know where he goes. While you have the Light, believe in the Light so that you may become sons of Light. Jesus spoke these things and departed and was hidden from them.
Emma chases sunlight – I chase Son Light. I invite you to join me in chasing The Light.
1Jn 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.