As I sped past the PPL energy plant that sits next to the winding Yellowstone River, the blackened mountain of coal stood in high contrast with the yellowish sandstone backdrop of Sacrifice cliffs that tower over the river like ancient sentinels.
Legend has it that in the 1800’s a small pox strain decimated the local Crow tribe and two or sixteen braves rode their blindfolded horses off the cliff. The despair over the tribal loss was the catalyst for their last ride, or extreme games jump that would appease their god(s), the god of small pox, or the god of big-jumps off tall-cliffs.
Halfway down the plunge they were heard yelling: “So far, so good!”
Whatever the story was, they made a thunderous splash that created a small wave that lapped onto the shore.
Coal is black beyond black. Black has no autonomy without lighter objects around to prove its darkness. That is contrast. White has no autonomy without darker objects in close proximity to prove its brightness.
They need each other to prove they are dark and light, dim and bright, lost and found, night and day.
As I drove past the deposit of coal, the recent snowstorm had dumped a heap of white onto the black. The black had disappeared under the fresh blanket of pure white.
White had trumped black and smothered it in the pure opaque of fallen snow.
Jesus came into the world and was the “Light of the world.” He was and is the illumination of salvation. His light shows the narrow path to eternal life. Darkness has a chance. John 8:12 says “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
Jesus is the white of snow that consumes the black of coal. Put your trust in Him who can lighten your days and secure your future.
John 14:6 says: “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Living in the light is a life of obedience to God’s word, the Bible. Living in the darkness is living apart from God’s word.
Don’t ride over the self-sacrificial cliff because you’ve been blindfolded. There is hope for all men found in the indescribable light of Christ.