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The Night Light


One of God’s creations is the owl. I remember one of my professors explained the exceptional hearing and sight that an owl has. Imagine that you are in the Astrodome stadium. All the lights are turned off. The lights in the sky are no longer visible. The owl would have a problem. Even though the owl is a nocturnal bird of prey, he still needs a small amount of light to catch its prey. All the owl needs is someone to light a candle and place it on second base. Just the light from a candle would be sufficient for the owl to see and catch its prey.
The owl also has its wings designed in such a way, that the owl flies in stealth mode. God designed the wing movement of the owl to be noiseless in flight. Once the owl hears the prey, it moves its head to focus on the prey. The head can move up to 270 degrees. Owls eat insects, mammals, fish, and other birds. At night we have lights that come from the stars, and the reflection from the moon that gives us the night-light; these nightlights are essential for the survival of the owl.
I remember as a pathfinder we decided to earn several hiking honors. We hiked the Appalachian Trail. We had our plan. Hike two hours, rest ½ hour, hike another two hours and eat and rest for one hour. Repeat the cycle. But we had one problem; the younger age pathfinders could not keep up. So we rearranged the backpacks and lessened their loads. Finally by the first night, our group was too exhausted to put up the tents so instead we rolled out the tarps, laid on them fully dressed, placed another tarp over the group and slept. We would look up and see the clear sky and the various colors of the stars. The night-lights. When we woke up, we realized that we were about 1-½ hours behind schedule. The second night we had a full moon, the night light lid up the forest trail well. So we hiked an extra two hours thru the night to make up for the lost time. The tarps came out, the backpacks were used as pillows and we could hear the “Whoo” “Whoo” It was an owl greeting us.
It was incredible; we used the nightlight like an owl. One trick we learned from one of our counselors who had military training was to place a patch over one of our eyes. At night we removed the patch, and we were able to see very well at night. The Bible tells us that at night we still have the stars and moon to give us light during the night. And God gave us the sun to have light during the day. “And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.” Genesis 1:14-18
No matter what, we have light. Daylight and nightlight are part of God’s creation. Sailors use the nightlight to navigate them thru the midst of darkness. This reminds me that God never leaves our side. In the dark of the night, He is there with us. In the brightness of the day, He is there with us. In the cloudy days of life, He is there with us. Have you ever felt lonely? Have you ever felt that God has abandoned you and left you in the midst of the storm? The nightlight is a reminder that God is the Creator of all the stars in the sky. Despite the awesomeness and grandeur of His presence, He looks down and sees you through the darkness. Just call upon His name, and He will guide you thru the darkness. I love this quote from the book Desire of Ages.
Through all our trials we have a never-failing Helper. He does not leave us alone to struggle with temptation, to battle with evil, and be finally crushed with burdens and sorrow. Though now He is hidden from mortal sight, the ear of faith can hear His voice saying, Fear not; I am with you. ‘I am He that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive forevermore.’ Revelation 1:18. I have endured your sorrows, experienced your struggles, encountered your temptations. I know your tears; I also have wept. The griefs that lie too deep to be breathed into any human ear, I know. Think not that you are desolate and forsaken. Though your pain touch no responsive chord in any heart on earth, look unto Me, and live. ‘The mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but My kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of My peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee.’ Isaiah 54:10.“ {Desire of Ages p. 483}
May the Lord Bless you today

Angel J. Rodriguez, D.Min

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j "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11



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