Letting Your Light Shine
By Andrea Chatelain
“In Him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:4-5
When you’re living in darkness, light seems foreign, unreal, and almost menacing. Like when you emerge from your dark room at night and flip on the bathroom light switch. Your eyes zing with pain, you squint, and have to make a decision: Do you turn the light off and walk in the dark, or let your eyes painfully adjust so you can see?
I spent years walking in darkness. Sometimes I turned the lights off, other times people or situations flipped the switch, leaving me lost. As I look back, I can see Jesus’ light was shining in circumstances that felt dark, like miscarriages or relational conflict, but I wasn’t ready to understand His ways. As He kept pursuing me and shining light through the people around me, slowly I squinted my eyes open and wanted light more than darkness.
John says, “In [Jesus] was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.” Jesus is our only hope when we’re walking in darkness. He’s the only Savior that can turn our lives from dark to light and from dead to alive. In Jesus I have found my true life as I get to know Him by reading my Bible, talking to Him in prayer, trusting Him in hard moments, and living like I’m loved by my God. He has taken me out of depression and brought me back to life so that I may shine His light to others.
I wonder what switch Jesus is trying to flip on in your life. Let His light permeate the dark and wounded spaces in your heart so that healing and life can return.
Andrea Chatelain’s mission is to meet women in their struggles and love them forward with God’s truth. She's part of the Wholly Loved Ministries team, is a Midwest mom of three, faith and family writer, and college English instructor to immigrants and refugees. It’s her joy to lead Bible studies in her neighborhood, church, and community because she believes Jesus transforms lives when His people boldly seek Him. Her writing reflects her love for Jesus and heart for fellow believers. Connect with Andrea more online at www.afruitfulwoman.com.
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