From darkness to light

By Dave Henning / October 3, 2014

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined.”- Isaiah 9:2

In Chapter 3 (“The Work of One Who Lives”) of Missing Jesus, Charles and Janet Morris tell the story of their friend, Fletcher Matandika.  Fletcher was sent by his pastor father to preach the gospel in the village of Dzuwa (Malawi).  The village was know as a dark place where witchcraft was rampant.

When Fletcher arrived, the empty house where he stayed was widely considered to be invaded by witchcraft.  Terrifying things were rumored to happen to people who stayed there.  Yet, Fletcher slept peacefully until the village chief knocked on his door the next morning.  The chief was amazed to find Fletcher totally unharmed.

Fletcher shared his vision for turning the village into a testimony to the power of Christ.  The chief responded: “God made the world and if he wants to do something here who am I to stop him?”  An atheistic journalist returning to Malawi after a forty-five year absence noted the rebirth and the transformation Christianity had brought to  people’s hearts.

John Calvin once wrote in his book Institutes: “Scripture exhibits . . . its own truth as sweet and bitter things do . . . [by] their taste.”

Today’s question: How has God brought light to the darkness of your vocation loss?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “The monster of uncertainty”

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