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When the lights go out

February 25, 2008

By Pastor Wally Glucklich, Elim Mission Church, Cokato

We were all busy doing our own thing when the lights suddenly went out in Cokato recently.

I was sitting in my office when this occurred. At first, I thought it was a fuse, but then I noticed that the bank sign was out as well. Then, came the sirens from the fire department and it dawned on me, the power outage was city-wide. Yes, we were all in the dark.

When the power went out, we lost the ability to heat our homes, cook a meal on an electric stove, illuminate our homes, run our computers, or watch TV. The activity of our lives suddenly changed.

The grocery store was dark, and the laundromat and car wash came to a sudden stop. Everything that runs by electricity stopped – the lights, the pumps, the machines, the cash registers, the refrigerators – everything stopped.

When the lights go out, our everyday life comes to an abrupt stop! What were we going to do without power?

Now, think about us. What happens if the lights go out in and around our lives?

What happens when the doctor tells you that you have cancer? Or you hear your baby is deformed? Or you are told that your spouse has been killed in a tragic car accident? When these things occur, the lights go out for us, and our lives come to an abrupt stop!

Every day, we live as if nothing will even happen to us, for we never think that we could become a statistic in the newspaper. We think, it only happens to others.

In reality, it happens to all of us in one way or another. The question is, how have we prepared for when “the lights go out” in our lives? We need to prepare for such a serious event; otherwise, we become very disoriented.

We are so grateful for the technicians who come to repair an electrical outage. And, we are grateful for our spiritual technician, Jesus, who said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12.

Believe it or not, Jesus said that, without us knowing it, the lights have already gone out – we are already in darkness. But Jesus is willing to repair our lives and bring God’s light into our hardship.

He will show us the Father. He will show us how to live through the hard times of life. He will never leave or forsake those who follow Him.

If the lights go out in your life, will you be able to see Jesus?