Flashlights. What a wonderful little versatile tool. They have so many uses… reading a book at night, searching through the attic, flashlight tag, finding the bathroom at night during the camping trip… so many uses. Most years, I put a little flashlight in my kids’ stockings. Just for fun. Because you can’t have too many flashlights. One Christmas I got a flashlight in my stocking, too. It was different, though. It was special. This thing can light up my whole back yard!
Perhaps the most necessary use for a flashlight is during a power outage. Specifically, the moment the power goes out. You are sitting there doing whatever you are doing and then it hits – dark. Everything goes black. The first thing you do? Look for a flashlight. Well, I guess you probably just use the flashlight app on your phone, but the point is the same. When it’s dark and there’s no source of light, you are quick to find one. In Exodus 10, God sent a plague of darkness on Egypt to get Pharaoh’s attention. Everything went black. Instant power outage. Except there wasn’t power in the first place. And there were no flashlights, so it was just plain dark.
Exodus 10:22-23 22 So Moses stretched out his hand toward the sky, and total darkness covered all Egypt for three days. 23 No one could see anyone else or move about for three days. Yet all the Israelites had light in the places where they lived.
That’s pretty impressive! It was dark everywhere for three days. Everywhere… wait. Not everywhere? How is it possible that the Israelites had light in the places where they lived? I mean, God would have had to block out the sun, somehow. So how do you block out the sun and still make it light in one specific place? Ya, no idea, but somehow He did it. He is God after all.
I found it fascinating in this story that it was dark everywhere EXCEPT where God’s people lived. Isn’t that how it is spiritually still to this day? Or at least that’s how it should be. In this world, there is much spiritual darkness. But where God’s people live, there should be light. Yet we continue to live in places of darkness and stumble around like we don’t know what we are doing.
We are called by God to live as children of light. You know what that means? We are called to be the ultimate flashlight! We are called to have the light of Christ in us in all areas of our life. And we are to bring that light to the darkness around us. The world may be dark like Egypt was for those three days, but where God’s people are there should be light. So be the light. Be the flashlight. Shine on, my friend. Shine on!