We lost electricity the other day - a LOT of us. An electrical substation started on fire. I was VERY grateful it wasn't one of the 100 degree days we've been having. My electric clocks stopped at 2:30 pm. We were told it would be between 1-3:00 am before it would be restored. I had just put several bags of chicken and burger in my freezer and had lots of deli meat in the fridge that I didn't want to loose, so myself and a neighbor headed out in search of dry ice. We weren't quick enough on the search as some of the eating establishments had purchased all dry ice available, so we settled for bags of regular ice - threw them in our coolers and headed for home.
When we left home, it was just dusk - sometimes it was difficult to tell exactly who had power and who didn't. When we were returning home, it was full-out DARK! The city we live in is quite hilly, so as we topped a hill getting closer to our neighborhood - we were stunned at the blackness that almost seemed to smack us in face. There was an occasional light off in the distance where a house was obviously on a different power grid - and they had worked to get the traffic lights functioning, but other than that - it was DARK. We were used to the lights that were reference points - and now before us was a deep, penetrating darkness. We both commented that we almost felt dizzy because we had lost our bearings. It was difficult to tell where we were and where we needed to go.
We all need LIGHT. And not just physical light to help us find our way - but spiritual light that will guide us to where we want to go - and for me, that is to return again to the presence of my Savior and my Father in Heaven. Darkness can surround us in various ways - and the only way to disseminate it is by light. I thought of all the things that need to be done so my proverbial lamp is filled with the oil needed so I will have sufficient light to guide me through the dark times that inevitably come to each of us. A new favorite scripture is: "And I will be your light in the wilderness; and I will prepare the way before you, if it so be that ye shall keep my commandments; ..." 1 Nephi 17:13
My prayer for you is that you might have Light!
How do you fill your lamps?