Anita's Devotions


Misunderstood Messenger Stays the Course

Written by Anita Carman

Dear Faithful One,

In my book, Making Sense of Your Life-Breakthroughs to Finish the Dream, I wrote the following: Darkness cannot snuff out the light – God’s light in you can still shine even if people don’t affirm you.  John 1:5 reads: The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness had not understood it. NIV.

The Apostle John tells us that when Jesus came to earth, He was God’s light in the world. Although He shone as a light in the darkness, the Bible tells us that the darkness had not understood it. More than 2,000 years since the writing of the Book of John, and life continues in much the same way. Don’t be surprised when people around you don’t recognize a messenger of light.

If God has given you a message from His heart to the world, remember you’re entering a community that has lived in darkness for a long while. It takes time to transform darkness into light. Meanwhile, find hope in knowing that Jesus didn’t allow the darkness to snuff out the light. In His example, we will find our courage to go and do likewise. John 1:10 reads: He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.

God’s light came to shine in the darkness. It matters little if the darkness recognized or accepted the light. Jesus stayed focused on His mission and message. The world’s response—or lack of it—didn’t change the course of His life. What about you? If you have been sent by God to illuminate your family, your community, your workplace, or a ministry, did you allow someone or something to snuff out your light?

I pray this message encourages you in a special way. When I pray for you, I hear a victory song. I believe in you because I believe in the power of God’s Word in you as you put His Word into action.

Love, Anita