The Energy of Light


Brian Bauknight

1/5/2016

 

We currently have five hens and two roosters on our farm property.  For many months, we received enough fresh eggs from those five hens for two families.  Usually 3 or 4 eggs per day.  We almost never purchased any eggs at the local store.

Then, sometime around the end of September, the eggs stopped coming.  The hens seemed fine.  I still fed them “egg layer” food daily.  But no eggs.  Or very rarely one or two.  Was it old age? Was it “chicken change of life?”  Was it something I said or did not do?  Was it colder weather?

Our son suggested: “It’s the decreasing amount of daylight.  Put a light on a timer in the hen house.  It will trick the hens into thinking longer daylight hours continue.  The extra light will get them laying again.”

“Huh?” I say quizzically.  “No way! Does that really work?”

But I complied.  I put a light in the hen house and set it to go on for 3 hours after sunset in the evening and 3 hours before sunrise the next morning.  I waited.  At first, nothing. No change.  Then, after about 2 weeks, suddenly egg production resumed!  I was amazed.  We “tricked” the chickens into laying more eggs!  I always had heard that chickens had small brains; but this was an unusual phenomenon!

To add insult to my pride, when we lost electrical power in the chicken coop for about 4 days, they stopped laying again!  Until power (and light) resumed.

Is there a parable here in this season of Epiphany?  When we walk in the always abundant light of Jesus of Nazareth, we are more productive.  The light that outshines any darkness (John 1:5) gives us unimaginable energy and hope. 

One definition of epiphany reads: “A moment in which you suddenly see or understanding something in a new or very clear way.”  That’s a fairly good description of where I am right now—perhaps with chickens, but mostly with the good news of Jesus.  I see Him more clearly, and that clarity gives light and energy to my life.

I can always use more light.  And I am convinced that Jesus brings more light to life than any other expression of God throughout history. Others may bring some.  But Jesus brings an amazing blaze of light.  I pray that I can bring leadership and example to that reality throughout all my days.

May Epiphany bring you all the light you need for all the days ahead.
 

 


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