A four-year old spilled his cola on the rug and wanted to clean up the mess himself. So his mother told him that the mop was just outside the back door. Quickly, he ran to the door, but realized that it had become totally dark outside.
By Pastor Paul Eberle
Suddenly scared, the boy told his mother his problem, that he was scared by the dark. Assuring him, the mother told his son that Jesus is everywhere, even where it is dark, and that he will always help him. This put a smile on his face! So, he opened the door just enough to poke his head outside and yelled, “Jesus! If you’re out there, could you pass me the mop?” This humorous story reminds us that Jesus is here, and everywhere, to be called upon to help us in our life struggles. During this time of the year, we encounter long, dark nights. In the midst of it we wonder if the light of day will ever regain full summer strength. Likewise, within our soul, we at times experience periods of fear, darkness and uncertainty. Like the four-year old boy in the story, we fear the foreboding nature of these dark nights. We fear the darkness of spirit that comes from doubt, grief, or of having been hurt in some way. If you are experiencing spiritual darkness and desolation, I encourage you to read, with great trust and faith, Psalm 139 in your Bible. Pay special attention to verse 12, addressed to the Lord, “Darkness is not dark for you, and night shines as the day.” Read the entire Psalm 139, then read Psalm 27, which begins, “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?” I pray you will see that the mother in the story is correct. The Lord is everywhere, even in dark places, and he will always protect you. God bless you during this Advent season as we prepare for the coming of the Light of the world.