It may come as a surprise to you, dear reader, for me to confess that I am one of those awkward people who, from time to time, has difficulty in sleeping. Just before we go any further, I do wish to point out that, I am not at THAT stage of life (far too young) but, I wake at odd hours.
When I have difficulty with sleep I have a tendency to get up and go for a wander around. Now, I am considerate, I don’t want to disturb anybody else, I don’t put the light on. Somehow, my best intentions don’t work out. I seem to step on the dog, fall down the stairs or crash into something along the way. The family will never forget the occasion when I met a fruit bowl on the stairs, the sound of half a dozen apples bouncing down the stairs at 2am did not bring joy to their hearts. It seems the harder I try, the worse it goes.
The, a little while ago, I had an idea that revolutionized our family life. A moment of pure genius (I don’t have many) – I got a torch. It’s only a small torch, it fits easily into a pocket. This torch has saved me (and the fruit bowl) pain and embarrassment. I am able to use it to guide me for a midnight cup of tea without disturbing anybody else.
It seems simple, easy – almost too easy yet, it has changed my life for the better! Jesus once said;
“I am the world’s Light. No one who follows me stumbles around in the darkness. I provide plenty of light to live in.”
(John 8 vs. 12 – The Message)
Sounds so straight forward doesn’t it? So, why not give it a try – better than stumbling in the darkness!