“Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness.”

~ Anne Frank

Proverbs 6:6-8  “Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest.”

About two years ago now, I clearly remember coming home after finishing some shopping, driving up onto our driveway and immediately sensing that something was wrong. Apart from the fact that there were lots of people just standing around talking and watching on, I really did get a sense of dread. You see we had rather unpredictable neighbours (bless their little hearts).  Of particular concern were the two boys living next door. They were always up to something and it was rarely ever good.

I didn’t have to wait long, no sooner had I emerged from our car than one very helpful neighbour (name withheld) ran across my front lawn to give me the news. Incidentally, my husband has a pet name for most of the people in our street; this lady is affectionately known as 2GB.

Puffing and panting, quite out of breath 2GB informed me that there had been an explosion. Yes … the Fire Brigade and the Police had been called, arrived and left.

“Really Jo, you’ve just missed all of the excitement” yelled 2GB. One of those boys from next door dug a hole underneath the power box, put a homemade fire bomb inside, then ran like the dogs were chasing him, before stopping to wait and see what would happen.”

Well, it seems that a lot had happened. Fortunately no one was hurt, however the bomb blew up the power box, plunging the whole area into darkness. As if that wasn’t enough the fire ran underground, underneath and across the road and “boom!” up went the telegraph pole. Needless to say, everyone was very shaken and angry as it was now time to start preparing the family meals. Once inside our house, I began searching for candles. I searched high and low, but those candles were just not going to materialise.

“Didn’t we use the last of them the last time there was a blackout?” enquired Leon. And I am going to assume that you remembered to buy those torch batteries when I asked you.”

Suddenly I remembered, yes we had used all of the candles, and no I hadn’t remembered to buy those darn batteries!   “Arrrgh!”  After much rummaging around in cupboards and draws, I managed to find one small candle. One. Very. Small. Candle. In truth it was a mere stump.

All night long we shared that candle. Consequently we did go to bed very early that night.

I hadn’t been prepared. I didn’t mean to be disorganised. At least the inconvenience would be gone by morning. In daylight I would go back to the shops and buy batteries and candles ….lots of candles.

Matthew 25:13 “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.”

Proverbs 22:3 “The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it.”

When Jesus returns for us, there will be no reprieve. We won’t be able to say “I’m sorry Lord but I’m not prepared. I’m just not ready. Would you give me please, a few more hours, days or weeks?”

2 Peter 3:10 KJV
“But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.”

So I must be ready. We must be prepared. Just as I must properly organise my home and be ready for an emergency, I must also prepare myself for what is to come. By obeying God’s law, loving everyone in Christ’s name as I would also want to be loved. I must walk through this life with Jesus within my heart, and the Grace of His Holy Spirit to light my way.

Needless to say, I now have batteries inside all three torches and candles …lots of candles, just in case. bunch-of-candles

Originally posted on

June 17th 2015


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