Monday, June 9, 2014

A Hobbit Movie, A Lie, and a Light

Philip and I watched The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaugrecently (the latest Hobbit movie) and this line spoken by one of the terrible creatures fighting against Gandalf jumped out at me:
There is no light that can defeat darkness.
Now, this was just an imaginary creature in a fantasy movie, of course. But darkness has said this since man fell in the garden. The Evil One whispers it to all of us. We believe it when we see our sin-cursed world groaning and travailing.

Sometimes we can't bear to read the news. Famines. Murders. Mass kidnappings. Earthquakes. Crushing debt. Scandals. Marriages abandoned like last year's fashions.

You read the headlines just like I do. They are filled with both natural disasters and man made atrocities.

The darkness is strong, oppressive. It beats us down.

But that statement is just a bold-faced lie of the enemy. "No light can defeat darkness," may feel true or it might seem true at times, but it is laughably, demonstrably false.

One definition of darkness is simply: the absence of light.

With that definition in mind, think about this: Any light defeats darkness. Even a small light holds back the terror of darkness.

Think about when you wake up in the middle of the night - pitch black outside, no lamp burning. Yet the tiny gleam from your clock-radio (you do still have one, right?) is enough to make your way around your room. The glow from my cell phone is enough to help me not trip over my own feet.

Every toddler understands the power of the nightlight. Just a tiny bulb, and yet it's powerful enough to keep monsters at bay.

One match will provide enough light to see. Or it could spark an entire array of candles. One spark. One flame. Much power.

Any light, every light, defeats the darkness.

Yes, light is better, stronger, in greater numbers. You can do more or finer work in better light. But it only takes a tiny gleam to destroy the illusion of total darkness.

Even when you feel like your light is the only one, let it shine. Your light alone may be enough to defeat a monster of darkness. And, better yet, someone may see your light and be encouraged that they are not alone.
In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:4-5 ESV, emphasis mine.
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elizabeth said...

I love the truth that you shared here. I'm so thankful that Jesus is the light. He said that the darkness can not overpower the light. Hallelujah! So glad to be next to you at thought provoking Wednesday.

Carol Van Der Woude said...

Your words are so encouraging. Evil is darkness but Jesus said, "I am the light of the world." The gospel of John reminds us of the Light over and over. It is good to meditate on this.

Karen said...

Jesus is the light that we get to reflect - what a privilege! Thanks for stopping by. :)

Karen said...

Yes, it is! Thanks for stopping by and sharing that reminder.

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