“Dad, is it raining?” My son asked on a moonlit summer evening as our car was traveling down and around a hilly highway.
“No, son.” I replied.
“Well, then, what is all that noise that sounds like rain?” he asked.
“Oh, those are just bugs hitting our windshield,” I told him.
“Oh. It sounds like rain,” he said.
I told him, “Yes, I know. I may have to stop and wash all of those bugs off the windshield.”
Now I did not, since I was determined to press on, but by the time I made it home, I could hardly see.
You have had one of those nights, right? I do not know exactly why bugs are attracted to the light. Some have reckoned it had to do with flying by moonlight allowing the bugs to fly straight paths, but with brighter artificial lights it confuses them and leads them to their death. Whatever the attraction, my wife’s Toyota RAV had plenty of it.
If only they could learn to resist the light, they would live. The opposite is true for us. If we could just turn to the light and resist the darkness . . . But, just like the creepy crawly bugs who head under the counters as soon as the light is switched on, we turn and run away, instead of running to the light like our bug friends.
Isaiah 50:10 says, “Let Him who walks in darkness and has no light, trust the name of the Lord and rely on his God.” Maybe you have been running away from God lately, not spending time with Him, maybe out of guilt or maybe out of fear. The longer you stay away from a daily time with Him, the more you retreat from the light and into the very darkness you were saved from.
The next time you find yourself washing what remains of a bunch of bugs on your windshield, make a commitment to be like those bugs and fly or run into the light of Jesus Christ.
“Who among you fears the Lord and obeys the voice of his servant? Let him who walks in darkness and has no light trust in the name of the Lord and rely on his God.”
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®)
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ESV Text Edition: 2007