Light brings warmth, light brings life, light is good. You would think that light is, therefore, always welcome! But last Sunday, as I struggled through the clouds of blowing snow at the Corinne corner, I turned towards the sun, reflecting from every particle of airborne snow, and it was absolutely blinding!
It's okay, I thought to myself, grabbing for my sun visor. You're following a semi, you can see his lights, we've all slowed to a snail's pace. Suddenly I heard the rumble strips. But they were coming from my left side, not my right. How could this be?….unless! Unless I've actually followed this truck onto the wrong side of the road! I steered frantically and blindly to the right. The semi driver did the same, put on his 4 way flashers and stopped. I had to manoever around him. Potential disaster averted, I breathed a big sigh of relief, and blew onward in the midst of the flying snow.
The light vs dark symbolism is rich, both in scripture and in life. Light and good go together, so do dark and evil. So do the warnings to be careful who you follow, lest you be led astray. For me, following road markers are more dependable than following even the best intentioned of semi drivers! In lots of instances, though, we do indeed put our trust in all kinds of folk, some of whom will lead us astray, even if they don't mean to.
It's so comforting to be reminded that "the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." (John 1:5)