I miss the light. I'm a night owl and I grew up stargazing, and for a significant portion of my life, night has been considered the time of escape. The light fixture in my bedroom has gone out, though, and even changing the bulb isn't fixing the problem. So, in my leisure hours at home, whether doing projects or just having fun, I am in the dark. I've taken steps to bring some kind of illumination, but still, I miss the light.
For the better part of mankind's history, we have been without light. Darkness obscured the world in a shroud of mystery and confusion; and then, we had a source of light in the night. Light brings comfort, it brings understanding, and it scatters the fears that fester in the dark. In one of my jobs, light was so important. I camped in the woods for work. This wasn't just casual camping; I was roughly six miles deep in the wilderness, utterly isolated for hours in any direction. One night, I was alone, guarding the camp and our food. I must have jumped at every creaking branch that resounded just beyond the reach of the campfire or my flashlight. Sleep came, but not easily, nor soundly. I was confused and scared, even when I told myself I was fine or reminded myself that I was going to be okay. My joy didn't return until sunrise—and what a glorious sunrise it was!
John has an impressively eloquent introduction to Jesus' origin: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it” (John 1:1-5). Jesus not only became life for us, but light; and there is nothing like having a light in the darkness.
The last part of verse five has always caught my eye: “and the darkness did not comprehend it.” We're all in the darkness at some point in our lives. Whether it's before we gain a relationship with Christ, or when we're tempted to hide ourselves in the shadows of this world in hopes that no one will see our sin. It takes a light to bring us understanding, and to cast away the fears that lurk in our hearts. God is light, and darkness, by definition, cannot exist in the light. We have a choice: we can revel in darkness, or we can seek the light and shine as a reflection of that light to others. We can either be blinded by God's brilliance, or we can come to Him in humility, saying, “I miss the light.”