When our son Gabriel was younger and began expressing fears of the dark, we bought a night light. It was fine for a few days, but then, he began to notice that the night light would cast some ominous-looking shadows on the walls and ceiling. So, we got rid of the night light. Then, the tiny red light from the smoke detector above the doorway began to scare him. So, we had to put a few layers of masking tape over the red light. We decided to leave the bedroom door slightly ajar and left the hallway light on. This allowed just enough light into the room without producing any strange shadows.
One very memorable night, I woke up with a sudden jolt by a chorus of screaming. In the midst of the panic, I could hear my daughter shouting at the top of her lungs, “I can’t see! I can’t see!” With no time to battle with sleepiness, I jumped out of bed, and upon opening my door, I saw what my children saw: complete darkness. It was a blackout. Usually, I could still make out things in the dark, but this night was different. It was an eerie darkness that could be felt. I literally could not see my hand in front of my face, and it was strange, trying to make my way in a pitch black room to where my children were crying out for comfort. What horror they must’ve felt to awaken and only see darkness!
What is desirable about the darkness? Yet, the Bible says that people love the darkness.
“And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed.” (John 3:19-20)
But for those of us who have seen and received the light, who no longer grope about or try to hide in the shadows … for those of us whose path has been illuminated by Jesus Christ, there is no longer any fear. We take each step confidently because we see clearly. Even when we are walking on a treacherous path, where one wrong step could mean our ultimate ruin, He is the lamp to show us the way.
Do you still have fears of some dark shadows in your heart? Perhaps some unconfessed sin. Or maybe a situation that you need to surrender to Him. The Lord wants us to cast them on Him. He is light, and He dispels all darkness. Will you find rest and peace in the comfort of His light?
If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light about me be night,”
even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is bright as the day,
for darkness is as light with you.
(Psalm 139: 11-12)
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