Wednesday, 24 August 2011


It is a dreadfully helpless feeling to be without light. Several nights ago, the boys and I were awakened by Mum's voice, saying "Wake up - there's no power, and the chickens are in trouble. We'll have to ventilate the sheds by hand." Now we weren't talking about a handful of chickens here... over 350,000 little lives were at stake. No power - so no light, temperature regulation, or feed from the silos. There was also another issue: we had no power at home. No light! To make matters worse, it was the blackest time of night, it was raining, and it was cold. In thought as well as in fact, it was a black prospect. The thought of groping around outside, in the dark, cold, and rain, opening up smelly sheds... it was a bleak thought! But worst of all, overshadowing all things, was the helplessness of being in the dark. How truly incapable and helpless we are, when without light! It seems impossible to take a step forward in any way. Little Guy volunteered to find a lantern. So after a few minutes of stumbling, tripping and groping, he secured some light. It made the world of difference to see what we were doing! And just as he found the light, Mum returned to say that power was restored, and we had light again... and the chickens had light, heat and food, and would do just fine without our help. I felt so thankful to the Lord.

Yet, that memory has remained over the last couple of days... the impression of what a helpless feeling it was to be in the dark. Nowadays we are so well equipped - almost every need of daily life is met. This is convenient - but is it truly beneficial? Physically, yes... but spiritually? When we have almost every means at hand to be 'in control', how tempting it is to forget or at least make light of the fact that we live today, by the Grace and Mercy of the Lord. Usually when I wake in the middle of the night and reach for the light switch, I don't even think about what a blessing it is to have light... until it is temporarily taken away. But during that night He reminded me that we live and are sustained only by His mercy. "His mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning." "Praise the Lord!".

The Lord also reminded me that He is the Light "The Lord is my Light and my Salvation". In the dark, we stumble around helplessly and hopelessly... hopelessly because we simply can't lift ourselves from this state... and we are all in this place of darkness before He brings us into the Light through the cleansing of the precious, redeeming blood of Jesus. We couldn't really 'move on' until the power came back on that night - and we had no control over that! We can't "walk in the Light, as He is in the Light" without Him reaching down, in His infinite Grace and Love, and 'turning on the power' for us. And He has 'turned it on'! He stumbled through the darkness for us... a darkness we cannot comprehend. And He found the switch and turned it on... He is the Lamp. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. A Lamp unto our feet, and a Light unto our path. (I hope this all this makes sense, and ties together somehow :)

Praise the Name of Jesus! He is Light, and in Him is no darkness at all. May we remember His great mercies today, and seek to walk in the Light! And above all, to sing praises to He Who is most worthy of all praise, making melody in our hearts to the Lord.




Joy said...

Dear Maddy,
What a beautiful post, and what a true message too!

It must have been dreadful to have had a blackout... I know it isn't a pleasant prospect at all to go about in the dark on a rainy cold night, but especially when you have so many chickens at stake! Wow, 350,000 ARE many chickens :). Did you have to ventilate the sheds by hand still?

How true it is, Maddy, that without Him (our Light, our Lamp) we are in complete, utter hellish darkness and are completely lost, groping in blackness. Jesus is our Light, and He came to give us light and life in Him. Amen! I truly love this verse and actually read it a few days ago, "His mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning."

May we praise Him forever for His mercies, and His faithfulness! Thank you for sharing this experience, Maddy; I was truly encouraged in the Lord! May you be blessed tonight and always and may His light, enlighten your way as you walk with Him daily. Though I've said it so often, I just want to thank you again for being a great friend and sister in the Lord... these are not just words, I truly mean it!


Maddy said...

Dear Joy,

Thank you, it was really lovely to hear from you, sister :). Thankfully, we didn't have to go ahead and ventilate the sheds! When the power is running normally, the shed temperature is regulated automatically.

Yes, it certainly is hellish darkness and blindness without His light. It's special how that verse is one of the only comforting or hopeful verses in the whole of Lamentations - most of the prophecy concerns the utter blackness the people suffered, when they turned from the Lord. And then comes that verse, so full of hope and promise! "THe steadfast love of the Lord never ceases. His mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning. Great is Your faithfulness, O Lord!". Praise the Lord! He has brought us out of the utter darkness, into the glorious Light of His Presence!

Thank you so much for that prayer, Joy; I was really encouraged. May He light your way also today, and fill you with His joy.

I know you meant those words, and they gladdened my heart! Thanks for such encouragement. You also are a great friend and sister. I'm blessed by the Lord, to know you!

Love, Maddy

Carra - a bondservant of Jesus said...

Dearest Maddy,
What a lovely lovely post! It trully blessed me!

I do love the Light of Jesus. It is wonderful to know Him... I can't cease to praise and thank Him for reaching down and turning that power on! He is so Wonderful! Oh praise the Lord Maddy. Thank you for serving Him and for sharing that today. The Lord knew I needed it!

With much much love, and many prayers, your friend and sister in Him, Carra

Maddy said...

Dearest Carra,

I'm so glad these words blessed you today... as this lesson blessed me, too!

It surely is wonderful to know the Lord Jesus... and to see Him as the Light, and walk in His Light. Yes, Praise the Lord! Hallelujah, to the Lord of Heaven and earth! Thank you for commenting; I appreciated hearing from you so much, as always.

Much love and prayers,

Your sister, Maddy

April said...

Dear Sister in Him;
Thank you for this post. It reminds me in a special way of a verse the Lord gave to me when I was struggling several months ago with not knowing His will;
"But by Thee is the fountian of Life and in Thy Light see we the Light."
He showed me how if I do not remain in His Light He can teach me nothing. I have to willingly look to Him and stay in His light!
That is very good how you said "We can't 'walk in the Light, as He is in the Light' without Him reaching down, in his infinite Grace and Love, and 'turning on the power' for us." I like that very much.
Jesus is everything.
Thank you for this post. It is such a blessed reminder!

With love and prayers,
your sister in Him;

Maddy said...

Dear sister April,

It was a real blessing to hear from you on this, thank you :). Those words, "in Thy Light see we the Light", are precious. This is so true, that we learn from Him only by looking to Him and abiding in His Light. Praise the Lord Jesus, our Light! Isn't it amazing to see His Light, and abide in Him! All praise to our Jesus, Who has reached down in such Grace and Love, and lifted the darkness so that we may see the Light! May we seek Him and learn through the guidance of the precious Holy Spirit today.

God bless you sister, and thank you so much for sharing! I'm blessed by your walk with Him, and what He is showing you.

Love, Maddy

Mary said...

Dearest Maddy,
Thank you so much for this lovely post. It is so encouraging. It is amazing how often we could take lightly the many blessing that the Lord has bestowed on us. It is so true and important that we always have a grateful and glad spirit. Not like the people of Israel who instead of counting their many blessing started grumbling. It's wonderful that the Lord leads us through experiences to remind us of His goodness. And the most precious of His goodness as you have said, Is His light and salvation. We praise Him for 'turning the power on' in our lives. 2 Corinthians 4:6, "For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." Amen!
Love in Christ,

Sarah said...

Dearest Maddy,

I agree with everyone here. This is a very encouraging post. How much we need His light to shine upon us in this time of blackness all around us. Thanks to His abundant Grace and Mercy he has delivered us from the power of darkness and brought us into the Light of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Praise His name forever.Amen!

Love in Him,

Maddy said...

Dearest Mary,

Thank you for your comment. I always love to share with you so much. It is wonderful, how the Lord leads us through these times to show us His goodness. Without the guidance and teaching of the Holy Spirit, we would never confess our great need for the Lord Jesus, and turn to Him. We need Him so very much - but our prideful, hard hearts don't like to confess that. How we need His help, and He is so faithful. Praise Him! Yes, His Light and Salvation is precious. What a wonderful knowledge, that the Lord God has "shone in our hearts" to show His glory through the Lord Jesus! Amen, what a precious promise!

Much love in Him,


Maddy said...

Dearest Sarah,

Yes, we truly need His Light so much in the darkness that prevails without Him. Amen! All thanks and praise to the Lord, that He has brought us into the Light of His Son! In Him is all hope, and all light. It was good to remember this today, sister.

May you be blessed in Him,

Love, Maddy