My dark. His light.

6714178943_d80769a98a_z By: Heather Palacios

The nighttime sky can be overwhelmingly dark, but there are still stars that twinkle it with light. It is pitch black in your room at night, but there is still a dot of light from your mobile device. It is scary for your child to sleep in his room at night, but not if there is a little nightlight.  Oh, what we’ll do to bring light to things.  Because until we do, they are dark–and unless we’re sleeping, well, we simply prefer the light.

The same can be said about our lives.  What we’ll do to light up our life.  But no matter how many “stars” we gather to shine onto our lives, there are still dark spaces between them: our thoughts nobody sees, our words we don’t let everyone hear, our actions when nobody is looking.  These spaces of darkness are inevitable yet we know they are not acceptable.  What do we do?

We need a source of light that is powerful and endless.  We need a never-melting candle.  We need a flashlight with invincible batteries.  We need something more powerful and more endless than our “dark” could ever be.  We need God. The bible says, “God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. “ (I John 1:5)

If you have God in your life, though it feels dark around you, God is still light in you. When He moved in, He brought light with Him.  And no body and no thing can snuff it out.  Today, don’t be discouraged by your dark, be encouraged by His light.

Heather is married to Raul Palacios and together they are raising two arrows, DJ and Andy. Raul and Heather serve at Church by the Gales in Coral Springs, Florida, where Raul is the executive pastor and Heather serves on the createive team. Heather is also founder of "WondHerful," an online venue dedicated to giving encouragement and laughter to people, especially those who have mental illness or have loved ones who do. Her favorite mantra is the one she wakes up and tells herself everyday, "It is always too soon to give up!"