Receiving the Light; Fighting the Darkness

You know those times when you’re just sitting on your bed, scrolling through social media (or whatever you do when you have a moment of free time)? I found myself here this afternoon.

Most of the time, when I’m looking at the same pictures and posts for the third time, I turn on some music. No one likes silence when they are home alone, right? 😉 Anyway, this time I clicked on my YouTube app. I’m not really sure why, but I did.

The very first video that showed up in my feed was “a message to my fellow college age friends; posted 2 minutes ago; by Sadie Robertson”. I clicked on it to see what she had to say, and wow. Talk about hitting hard.

I truly believe that EVERYONE needs to listen to this message. Give thirty minutes of your time, and you will be blessed.

If you can’t commit 30 minutes to listen to this, then please take just a moment to read the highlighted key points I’ve put together below.

 

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“Plankton provide 90% of the oceans’ photosynthesis and 50% of the oxygen we are breathing today.”

Is is not amazing that something so small can have such a major impact on the world?

With all of the drama, politics, and violence that fill the news and social media every day, it is easy for me to find myself wondering where God is at. I know and believe that He is always with me, but I can get so overwhelmed by all of the chaos of this world that sometimes I lose track of where He is.

Have you ever been to the store with your mom or dad and turned your head for just a moment to look at something interesting, only to look up and not see them anywhere? It’s just like that. I got distracted by the chaos and darkness.  When I looked up I didn’t know where He went.

Your parents are still in the store. Most likely they are very close by. It just takes you a moment to find them. God is still out there. He is always close by. We just have to find His light.

240_F_113866344_yi9lF1RHaCnD9glfNrDC0OXBPbOou1Li.jpgIt’s so easy to get distracted and overwhelmed by the darkness or feel unable to swim against the current. At times I’ve felt like there wasn’t hope of light returning. As much as I wished I could do something to help, there was no way, right? I mean I am just one person. One little light is not going to make any difference at all.

Sadie’s reference to the plankton hit me hard. No matter how small we feel we are, the Lord created us. No matter how deep in the ocean we are, we can find the light. The Lord gives us passion and strength to go back down into darkness with our new, bright light.

“What passion does is gives you the fuel to press past your fear in order to fulfill the purpose that God has called you to.”

240_F_6717541_EQ1UIdJyRTBRRopoHlwKzbnBLsjKXWwcGod is always there. We may follow the current, wander off, or just get distracted and look away for a moment, but He is always there. He waits for us to look up and realize that we have drifted.

We step away from the current and go back to the light. Even if we are the only ones. Being different isn’t a bad thing. After all, soon we will be filled with light.

“There are 7,000-8,000 promises in the Bible.”

I’ve learned that it is so important to study the promises God made to us. This makes for a stronger set or armor when I return to the darkness of the world. It will be harder for me to become discouraged when I know the promises of God.

At the beginning of this year, I felt lead to spend more time studying the word of God. I knew that transitioning from home to college would be difficult, and I wanted to prepare myself as best I could. I am still spending time reading and learning about the many promises God has made, and I cannot express how much this has helped me.

My anxious thoughts have been replaced with peace. I understand that I am approaching a difficult transition, but I know that God will always be with me. He will never leave me, and He will protect me. He will give me the strength I need to not only make the transition, but achieve success. Knowing these things gives me peace.

“The biggest fear of college students today is that they are not happy with the direction the world is going, and they are scared to go into that. They are scared that they are going to sacrifice their beliefs because the odds are against them. They want to possess values, but life has always been convenient for them with little need to sacrifice for what is right.”

It makes my heart hurt to learn that so many people are willing to sacrifice their relationship with God just to maintain their reputations. So many people see their relationship with God as a sacrifice.

We can lead people to Christ just by the way we see and act on our own faith. People without faith will never see it as something they want if the people they are watching treat their faith as a sacrifice. Can you blame them? Why would they want to follow Christ if it is such a sacrifice for this person they know?

On the other hand, a person without faith might become curious if they see a person who is genuinely excited about their faith. They will see how happy the Lord has made this person and is more likely to end up with faith of their own.

I pray that when I move to college people see how excited I am about my faith.

“If half of us Christians go into the darkness with excitement and lights shining, and the other half doesn’t, it sets this tone with the world like ‘What are they trying to do?’, but if we all go in together with the biggest migration of the world after first receiving the light and getting our spiritual preparation ready then imagine the change we could make. It would be huge. It would be huge!”

Enough said…

If we want to light up the world with God’s promises, we have to go and receive our spiritual preparation.

We are not going to light up the world until we, ourselves, have light. We have to reach for the light. We have to ask the Lord to give us light. We have to prepare ourselves by storing up knowledge of the word of God and acting on what we learn.

When we have light and all the preparation we need, we can then go into the world and make a change.

“Time does not heal. Jesus heals.”

Time might make you forget about things. Time might give you a break from the pain every now and then, but time does not take away the pain for good. Time does not free you from the hurt. You have to seek the light. You have to go to the Lord and ask Him to heal you. Healing hurts, but healing is freeing. He can do that for you. He is powerful.

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Did that message smack anyone else in the face? Because it stung a little for me. There were definitely some things I needed to hear there.

Comment below and let me know how this message affected you!

-Caroline 🙂

 

2 thoughts on “Receiving the Light; Fighting the Darkness

  1. Love this post and you! Your grandpa and grandma is smiling down. Keep spreading Gods word. We need more of that today. All it takes is one person to change the world. With God all things are possible. Matthew 19:26!

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