Psalm 40:8: “I desire to do your will, my God; your law is within my heart.”

King David prayed that God’s law of life would bring light into the shadowy corners of his heart and mind. It is God’s will that we be changed by the renewing of our mind; little by little the Lord transforms us into children of light when we walk with Him. On that note Jesus says (John 12:36):

“Believe in the light while you have the light, so that you may become children of light.”

A heart devoted to the Lord brings heaven down to earth. The kingdom of heaven is among us whenever His will is being done.

A few years ago I attempted to build a gingerbread house. The end result was broken pieces scattered all over the floor. This project was probably doomed from the start because I lack the patience. Handicrafts are not my thing. Not unlike my failed gingerbread house this world is broken and hurts in many places, but it is still a world full of wonder and beauty thanks to the restorative power of the Holy Spirit. In the first chapters of the Bible we read about God’s Spirit at work. The beginning of the universe is described as chaos steeped in darkness (Genesis 1:2):

“Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.”

Thanks to God’s uncanny ability to see in the dark He envisioned galaxies and solar systems when there was yet nothing to be seen (Genesis 1:14-19):

“And God said, ‘Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.’ And it was so. God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.”

At the dawn of creation when everything was dark, formless and empty God took nothing and made something. Only the Lord is able to do that. He has perfect night vision. Think about it. This also means He is well-equipped to navigate us through life’s darkest hours. When we are lost in the dark and open up to the Lord, the story of our heart will be as beautiful as the story of creation.

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