Bathroom Blackouts


It’s not safe for us to wander around in the dark. Jesus came to bring light into our darkness.

I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness. (John 12:46, ESV)

When we moved to a townhouse that was located at the base of a mountain, we didn’t know it meant losing power during every windstorm. After the first few blackouts, we wisely placed small flashlights in every room—including the bathrooms as they were interior rooms that lacked windows.

There is something about the dark that makes us feel vulnerable; even more so if we are having some alone time with cold porcelain.

A few months into fall this year, I came home and my husband surprised me with a gift! It was a metal mesh hair appliance caddy, (a very odd gift indeed). Smiling, I thanked him and went into our bathroom to rearrange my straightener, blow dryer and curling iron. It actually was pretty cool but not really a gift that was typical for his character. He was looking rather sheepish and soon was snooping around the counter to see what I had done. I gave him the wife look. You know, the one that says, ‘What’s up?’

Turned out that he had walked into the dark bathroom one morning after I had left for work and as he stumbled to find something around the sink, grabbed the hot end of my curling iron by mistake. Did I mention that our bathroom gets absolutely no natural light? His hand got a nasty burn.

It’s not safe for us to wander around in the dark. There are things unseen and unexpected that can harm us even when we think we know what we’re doing. Jesus came to bring light into our darkness. Let’s not even take one step before spending some time in the Word today, asking Him to illuminate our way.

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