Selected Scripture JOHN 12:35-36. Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth.
While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. KJV
When I was a boy, coon hunting was a favorite sport of the males of my kin. Coon dogs were carefully bred and sought after by serious coon hunters. The thrill of being deep in the woods at night with my dad, uncles, and brothers listening to “Blue” or “Old Loud”, two of our favorite coon hunting hounds, sound off when they “treed” a coon goes beyond my ability to describe adequately with words. There developed a bond with my kindred that stood the test of time while on these coon hunting trips into the woods surrounding the cotton fields where I spent my early years in Holmes County, Mississippi.
Our favorite place to hunt was in the swamp of Cypress Creek, located a few miles from our house, and close enough to the corn fields for the raccoons to raid. Coon hunters, therefore, were valuable to the farmers. On the banks of Cypress Creek grew some very tall Cypress trees, from which it got its name. It took a good hunting light to shine up into the top of one of those trees.
One night the dogs treed (which means they had a raccoon up a tree and were barking loudly to let us know where he was) up a leaning Cypress tree, which a storm had nearly blown down but was prevented from falling by another tree. I watched as my dad and uncles shined their lights around in the crown of the tree, where the coon was sure to be hiding. Dad spotted the coon with his light, and an uncle raised his gun barrel to claim the prize. If this sounds cruel, please understand, for poor people wild game was a blessing from God, and housewives knew well how to cook a coon. No one noticed, due to the excitement, that my uncle’s best coon dog was not rearing up on the tree and barking with the rest of the noisy pack. That is, until my dad happened to spot another set of eyes a little farther up the tree. He shouted to my uncle not to shoot, for the eyes he first spotted belonged to my uncle’s dog. Somehow that dog had managed to climb up that leaning tree after the coon.
Without the benefit of a good light, the dog would have been killed, as he was in grave danger up the tree with the coon and a man on the ground with a raised shotgun. That’s the way it is with humans. Without a good light, we are in danger of destruction by Satan, who has all his arsenal of weapons to use against us. Jesus was referring to Himself in the Scripture selection at the beginning of this article as “the light”. When we walk in the “spiritual light” Jesus provides we are safe. When Jesus has his light shining on us Satan is prevented from causing our spiritual death. Satan is powerless to bring us down, and Christ will bring us to safety.