by Marcie Bridges, @Marcie_Bridges

You are my lamp, O LORD; 
And the LORD illumines my darkness.
 2 Samuel 22:29

“Jesus loves me this
I know
For the Bible
tells me so
Little ones to Him
they are weak but
He is strong.”*

I sat in the
doorway of the hospital room watching doctors, nurses, patients, and families
go by. My brown, stuffed, wind-up doggie securely in my arms. Over and over I
would turn the key and as the melody played I sang along loud and clear for
everyone to hear.

“Yes, Jesus loves
me! Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me! The Bible tells me so!”*

People smiled at
me and later told my parents how cute I was. But at eight years young I had no
comprehension of what the next few days, weeks, months and even years would
hold for me; all I knew was that I needed eye surgery so I wouldn’t freak
everyone out when my left eye would wander off .

I wasn’t scared
until they began wheeling me to the OR, but they put a little green hat on my
doggie just like the one they put on my head then wound him up so I could hear
one last time, Jesus Loves Me.

And just like Saul
was blind for three days after His encounter with Jesus on the road to
Damascus, so was I. Stitches in the muscles behind my eyes prevented me from
opening them. 

The darkness I endured
during those three long days frightened me. I didn’t know why I was throwing up
every half hour (the anesthesia made me horribly sick!) and most of the time it
felt like no one was there with me (though I am sure my parents were there much
of the time). It’s been 35 years since then and I cannot remember a lot of the
details, but what I do remember most is the darkness. Perhaps that is why to
this very day I am afraid of the dark?

But God promises to
be our light in the darkness. Jesus came to pierce the darkness. He came to
save, to heal, and to give us peace. 
Tee-Tee Barnes, 2015
Even in the
where light cannot
I know You are
with me
there is nothing
to fear.
As storm clouds
my eye sight is
I feel Your peace
in faith to carry
Shadows wink and
 they do not stand
I hear You whisper
and at Your feet I
Blinded eyes can
with a heart of
I have no need to
be afraid
Your love will
lead my way.
Even in the
there is perfect
when I fix my eyes
on Jesus
every fear through
Him is eased.
~Marcell Warner
© 2015

Tee-Tee Barnes, 2015
Lately I’ve been
overcome by fear. Fear of failure. Fear of things not working out. Fear of the
future. A good friend reminded me that God does not give us this fear nor does
He give us a spirit of confusion. These things come from the prince of darkness
not from the God of Lights. 
We are not given a
spirit of fear. In fact, 2 Timothy 1:7 tells us we are given a spirit of love,
power and of sound mind. 

So even in the
darkest dark where light does not seem to pierce, remember God is with you
there is not a thing to fear.

When you are
tempted to give into that fear, put your trust in God. Let Him shine His light
into your darkness today. 
From My Heart to Yours,

For Further
Meditation: John 1:1-5; 1 John 1:1-10; Psalm 119:105; Psalm 56:3; 1 Corinthians
 All Nature Photos by Tee-Tee Barnes, ©2015

*Hymn: Jesus Loves Me Written by Anna
Bartlett Warner (1820-1915), Music by William
Batchelder Bradbury

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