We have a couple of houses for our chickens. One houses the laying hens and a rooster. The brooder house keeps the new chicks warm in the cooler temperatures. The oldest chicks are one week old. The newest were hatched last Monday. They all need special attention to thrive.
Baby chicks must be kept warm. Since our chicks are not being raised by a mother hen with her warmth and protective cover, we must supply the heat for their survival. Heat lamps are the answer.
We hang heat lamps above their pen. It must be monitored. On hot days we adjust the lighting to use less heat, on colder days we use more. The lights will be used night and day until the chicks are mature enough to survive without them.
The interesting thing about the lights is that when they are shining during the day, it is very difficult to notice them. But during the night, it is clear to us whether or not they are shining. The same amount of wattage shows in the day and in the night, but the light is more easily seen in the darkness.
Jesus made the statement, “I am the light of the world.” The Bible says in John 1:4, 5, “In Him was life; and the life was the light of men.”
Jesus, the Light of the World, is always shining into our world. He shines when we think we can see into our future and things look pretty good. He is also shining when we cannot see for all of the darkness that clouds over our lives and when we don’t see a good outcome to our future. Just like the lights in the brooder house, He is shining. Yet He can be spotted more easily in the dark. Whether your life in easy now or you are hemmed in by darkness, look for Him.
Hint: Look for Him in the Holy Bible.
sketch by Wenda Grabau
photo credit:Wenda Grabau