Sunday Reflection: When the Lights Go Out

I really hate when my electricity goes off. However, in all fairness, my electric company keeps my power on during the worst of times, except in January of 2007—the ice storm. While my parents, the neighbors across the road and my sister’s electricity (different electric companies) had gone off when the storm hit, my electricity remained on, but only for two days. Then all around me transformers blew up, crackling and popping along with the ice burdened branches on the  frozen trees that soared to the ground. Eight days doesn’t seem like a lot of time, out of a lifetime, unless you’re in the dark and you’re cold.

The world we live in often resembles a dark storm where people hurt each other, evil triumphs, the innocent suffer, and the earth is abused for gain. The reality is that we probably have more good days than bad ones, but somehow eight days of darkness has more power, in my mind, over the thousands of good days with light. 

“The sun will no more be your light by day, nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you,
for the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory.

Your sun will never set again, and your moon will wane no more; the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your days of sorrow will end.

Then all your people will be righteous and they will possess the land forever.

They are the shoot I have planted, the work of my hands, for the display of my splendor.

The least of you will become a thousand, the smallest a mighty nation. I am the  Lord; in its time I will do this swiftly.”

In God there is no darkness (1 John 1:5). At the end of this world, when God says enough, His light (magnificence) will obliterate the darkness of sin and destroy our enemy Satan. In God’s Eternal Kingdom, the old order of things will pass away; there will be no more tears or despair (Rev. 21:4).

There will be no more power outages.



  1. I hate it when the electricity goes out for any extended period of time. We had a terrible wind storm in Washington in Dec. 2006 and our power was off for about 5 days. The following year we sunk about $8k into a state of the art generator, wired into the house. We never lost power again! Same thing here - blizzard in Feb. 2013 with multi day power outage. Bought a gas generator and despite all the blizzards in 2014 and this past year, power's stayed on.

  2. When it goes out we really see how much we rely on it.

  3. We do tend to dwell more on the darkness than having the light. I hadn't thought about that. Hope you have a wonderful Sunday, my friend, and a great week ahead.

  4. Fortunately, His Light will never go out.
    That was a long time without electricity. If there's a bad hurricane, our power will go out, but usually only for a day.

  5. "In God there is no darkness" We would all do better to remember that.

    Have a blessed week.

  6. I hate it when I lose my electricity, Teresa. Fortunately it rarely happens. I've often hoped that no darkness was metaphoric and referring to the soul ~ I love the night! Have a happy, bright week!


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