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A Ball of Fire

At 6:15 A.M., while it was still dark, we set out on the second half of our 900 mile trip. At first it seemed like we were traveling in the middle of the night; headlights were on and we passed many business lights and advertisements.

Twenty minutes into our trip, we noticed that the eastern sky was becoming lighter. At first the light was barely noticeable at the horizon, but then it seemed to take over a fourth of the sky, then one half where we were traveling, and within forty-five minutes the sun peek-a-booed as if to say, “The great rays you were seeing all this time came from me. I light up everything before you even see me.” Within minutes the sun had overcome all the darkness.

Now I had seen a few beautiful sunrises before, but this morning an object lesson was revealed to me. John the apostle said of Jesus, “The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it” (or cannot overtake the light). The sun shows us how darkness is engulfed by the light.

The light of Jesus consumes the darkness of sin because “God is light, in him is no darkness at all” (I John 1:5, NIV). Jesus also tells us, “I am the light of the world.” We don’t have to walk in the darkness of sin in ourselves or in the world.

When the sun itself tips the horizon, it’s in your face. If you look anywhere close to its direction, the sun is in your face, just as if it were saying, “I’m here to change your day from gloom to brightness. I’ll raise the temperature from 40 degrees to 43” (as we were observing on our temperature gauge in our car).

When the sun is out, it seems that our attitudes positively change. Jesus is the sunlight to us. Since He is the Son of God, He can overcome any darkness in our lives if we let Him. He’s the “in your face” kind of Son, who says, “I want to shine all over you so you can shine on someone else with my rays.”

Once the sun is up and brightens everything it contacts, you can’t make it go or command it to go away. The sun is meant to shine. God’s Word says that Jesus is the light of the world and that He dispels any darkness. He can overtake the darkness of sin and debauchery in you and He wants to light up your soul as His Spirit works in you. Yes, the Son may reveal things you don’t want revealed, but when these secrets hide they hurt you.

The next time you see the sun overwhelming the darkness, let that remind you to allow the Son to overtake anything in your life that needs His sunshine. Then let Him shine through you to share His warmth with someone who needs Him.

Florence Simmons, author and freelance writer, encourages her readers to make right and wise choices. Check her website,, or contact her at