I’m a superhero.
I didn’t come from a distant planet, nor do I have special powers. I don’t even wear a cape.
But tonight I did something that, in Chloe’s eyes, qualifies me for superhero status. In all honesty, it was a very small thing as far as superheroics go: I changed a light bulb.
Chloe has a small lamp in her room. At night, she turns the lamp on so she can sleep. I know, it doesn’t make sense to me, either.
Tonight when she turned the lamp on, there was a muffled pop and a bright flash as the bulb blew.
Chloe was frantic. How was she going to sleep? What if something sinister came out of the darkness and got her while she was slumbering?
Knowing all too well where kids are concerned action often trumps reason, I got a new light bulb and screwed it into the lamp. With a click of the switch, light cascaded into the room. Chloe looked at her new light source, then smiled at me as brightly as the light bulb itself.
That one little action on my part brought light into her darkened room. It chased away the shadows and dispelled my little girl’s fears.
Is it any wonder Jesus chose to say about himself, “I am the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14)?
During his ministry on this earth, Jesus did a great many things to chase away the shadows and dispel people’s fears. He dispelled the fear of dying when he calmed the storm on the Sea of Galilee (Luke 8:22-25). He chased away the shadow of death when he raised the widow of Nain’s son (Luke 7:11-15) and Jairus’ daughter (Luke 8:40-42, 49-55) from the dead.
With his own disciples — and by extension, all of those who call on him as savior — Jesus’ message was one of comfort: He told them to take heart (John 16:33, NIV) and have courage (Matthew 14:27). His presence, his power and his provision in times of need drove these admonitions home. With Christ, there is no need to be afraid.
Are you afraid? Is there some set of circumstances causing you to be fearful? You don’t have to be.
Allow Jesus, the light of the world, to shine the light of his love into whatever is happening in your life. He will chase away all the shadows and dispel all your fears.
The Rev. Parrish Myers is a local minister living in Braselton. His column appears biweekly in Sunday Life and on gainesvilletimes.com/life.