“For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true.” Ephesians 5:8-9

There was a big, bright, colorful plant in the dark corner of the restaurant restroom.

At first, I thought it was real, until I looked more closely. Sure enough, it was just a good fake! Then my common sense took over: this room has no sunlight, and a very dim interior light. No way could this plant be real. No way could it grow where there was no light to produce what it needed. All that could “grow” in that spot was a silk plant!

We can’t grow anything real apart from God’s light, either. Before we meet Him, our lives are marked by darkness. Nothing nourishing can get to our souls. But once He steps in, His light floods us, bringing life and hope and growth with it. Any real progress we make, happens because of His glorious light.

Let the Lord shine His light on your dark soul today. Maybe you’ve shut Him out after years of hurt and neglect, or maybe you’ve never let Him in, in the first place. He longs to show you what can become of your life when He takes over and shines in your heart.