The days are getting darker. The first day of autumn was September 22. This is also known as the autumnal equinox. An equinox happens twice a year, in the spring and in the fall. The equinox is when the sun’s center crosses the equator and day and night are of equal length everywhere.
Since that first day of autumn, we have more dark in our day than we have light. For many, that signals a seasonal affective disorder from lack of sunlight. Energy depletes and moods are less stable. Treatment usually involves adding light therapy to our days.
I actually like the change from summer to fall. I do not mind the darker winter evenings. Summer where we live with the heat and light until 11 PM at night is much harder for me to handle.
What started me thinking about light and darkness was reading John 8:12 this morning. “Then Jesus spoke to them again: ‘I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows Me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.’” [HCSB]
I was reminded once again that when I surrendered my life to Christ Jesus as Savior and LORD, the Spirit of God came to indwell. Now the “Light of the World” is the “light of [my] life.” I never need be in the dark again.
Our days are getting darker – literally since the autumnal equinox. And if we look at the climate of our world, we might say that our days are getting darker socially, politically, and spiritually.
No matter what is happening outside of us, inside our hearts the light of life always shines. Nothing can put it out, overcome it or diminish it. Christ is victorious over my darkness.