Saturday, June 25, 2016

A Weekend Of Seeing The Difference

There is an extensive trail system that runs through our property, and each one has incredible views and lots of hills. One of my favorite trails runs along the front of the property, near the highway, and has many different types of bushes, trees and flowers. It also has the most prolific growth of blackberries, so I spend a lot of time here in the summer.

With all the beautiful shades of green in the trees and shrubs, anything that's not green stands out like a sore thumb. Such is the case with this dying tree smack dab int he middle of this path. The rest of the trees around it are very tall, and it is rather short. The bushes are a deep, dark green, and this tree is brown and brittle.

It's different from everything around it, so it's easy to see.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God ... In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. John 1:1, 4-5

The darkness was so dark that when light arrived, it didn't understand what it was. Jesus' light stood out as a bright spot in the dark world because it was the exact opposite of everything else around it. In a creation so filled with darkness, sin and evil, the light of men was a beacon to all who would believe.

Make this a weekend of seeing the difference between light and darkness. They should be such polar opposites that the light is a spotlight showing you exactly where to walk, step by step. Where you would normally rush through ignore the light because the darkness is cozy and well-known, look up for a moment and pay attention to the light.

It's different from everything around it. It will be easy to see.

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