Maybe you noticed that I was silent yesterday. Well, it was because I was sleeping. During the day. Because I was awake the night before. All night.
Perhaps this will be too much information, but hey, we’re all friends here, and we’re about being real, right? Well, there is nothing more real than a urinary tract infection, folks.
NOTHING IN ALL THE WORLD.
So, because of ye old UTI, I had my days and nights mixed up for a bit, and I’m here to tell you that there are good reasons for living life during the day and sleeping at night. For starters, it’s dark at night. Because you can’t see as well, you might think you’re walking through an open doorway but smack into a wall, instead. Things sound different at night, too, throwing your perceptions off, and making you believe you’re hearing an intruder when it’s really only the ice maker doing its job.
We’ve all heard the saying, “Nothing good happens after midnight.” It’s because of the darkness, isn’t it? We tend to do the things we’re least proud of, living out our sinful struggles in the midnight of our souls where no one can see. We forget sometimes that God can see, or, if we do remember, we try to pull it further into the darkness in a pointless attempt to hide it, fearful of judgment, or even punishment. The thing is, though, God is not punitive. He disciplines, yes, but not in harsh wrath. He acts as a loving Father, always for our own good. If we dare to lug it all out into the light of day, not only will we see if for the mess it really is, but we won’t be alone in dealing with it.
Help? Well, it lives in the light. It IS the Light.
If you’re smacking into walls, and living in irrational fear, racked with the pain of your own sinful sickness, drag that mess into the Daytime. If you do, I promise your nights will find you sleeping like a baby. Kind of like me, after a miraculous round of healing antibiotics.
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” ~ John 8:12 ESV
…Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you. The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going. ~ John 12:35 ESV
This, in essence, is the message we heard from Christ and are passing on to you: God is light, pure light; there’s not a trace of darkness in him. If we claim that we experience a shared life with him and continue to stumble around in the dark, we’re obviously lying through our teeth—we’re not living what we claim. But if we walk in the light, God himself being the light, we also experience a shared life with one another, as the sacrificed blood of Jesus, God’s Son, purges all our sin. ~ 1 John 1:5-7 ESV