During a recent visit to Edisto Beach, I read a story in the Charleston Post and Courier about the rising deaths of loggerhead turtle hatchlings. Edisto Beach has enjoyed a recent growth of loggerhead turtle nests on their beaches. When loggerhead hatchlings emerge from the shell, they are attracted to the moonlight and celestial light of the heavens, which are naturally reflected off the ocean. They use this natural light as a cue to navigate from the nest towards the ocean. New life and food await them in their new ocean home.
However, if artificial light sources on the beach are brighter than the natural light, the hatchlings will head towards the false lights. Artificial lights such as a beach-front home’s flood lights, a street light, or even headlights lead the turtle hatchlings to premature death in the roadways. Instead of following the true light to life, they follow the false lights that lead to certain death.
It’s easy to find ourselves following in the steps of these little hatchlings. We live in a world filled with sparkling artificial lights of fame, fortune, and pleasure that promise to bring us happiness and peace. Unfortunately, we find that the path that seems so bright at first, ends in certain death much like the little hatchlings.
In John 8:12, Jesus said,
“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
The Son of God came as the heavenly light inviting each of us to follow the true light of life. As we look to follow His light, it leads us to the life we all desire, a life full of joy, purpose, and peace.
In John 10:10, he said,
“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
Every day we are given the opportunity to choose the light for our path. Take a lesson from the loggerhead and follow the true light that leads to life.