My breakfast plans at the diner were shattered this morning due to a power outage in Madeira. While this was incredibly disappointing, it did provide an opportunity for reflection.
Moments after the outage, I took a peek out of a window upstairs and quickly notice that the whole neighborhood was without. Almost everything was darkness.
This struck me.
Darkness only wins if there is absolutely no light. This morning at 6:15am, there must have been a trickle of light, either from the moon or the first signs of the rising sun. The light had conquered the darkness. Any darkness in our lives is conquered, it is no longer complete darkness, when one tiny flicker of light enters. It may not perfectly illumine the situation, but it doesn't take long for light to triumph or for a tiny flame to turn into a blaze.
"In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." John 1:4-5