Building One Another, September 5, 2006 e-Volume 5, No. 36 "Cutting Holes" by Stanley Ott
I love the story James Hewitt tells in his Illustrations Unlimited of author Robert Louis Stevenson, who at age twelve upon watching a man light the gas streetlights, said to his governess, “I am watching a man cut holes in the darkness.”
Wow! What a vivid picture. It is certainly obvious that there is plenty of darkness in our world and in our own lives. The idea that holes may be cut in that darkness is hopeful, liberating, and motivating.
Jesus Christ has cut such a huge hole in the darkness that when all is finally said and done, there will be no darkness. “What has come into being in him [Jesus] was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” John 1:3-4*
Jesus Christ is cutting holes in the darkness in your life. His mercy, grace, and love have moved you from the domain of darkness to the kingdom of God’s beloved son. Whatever your need may be, open yourself to his enlightening work in your life.
Just as we realize that Jesus cuts holes in the darkness, so ought you and I to cut holes in the darkness we encounter. Ask yourself and your Lord to help you see the darkness in your own life and in the situations around you and decide what to do - and do it!
‘You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16