My husband held my daughter's hand, my son followed behind. I took up the caboose pushing the stroller. The dark was immediate. We could barely see our feet beneath us as we walked into the zoo exhibit.
Suddenly, a rustling next to me and I screamed and jumped, immediately followed by my son screaming and as if dominoes cascaded, my daughter jumped supernaturally into my husband's arms as she screamed too.
It was a wallaby padding along in the darkness next to us and when we realized that we all started to laugh at the silliness of our fear. My husband cackling and saying, he wished he had captured that all on video.
However, everything seems scarier in the dark when you cannot see. As we ventured on, my daughter said, "Dad, I can't see, someone needs to turn on the lights."
It got me thinking, that once a person knows and sees the light, it's hard to live in darkness. We want to be illumined not by physical light, like my daughter wanted in that moment, but the spiritual light that knowing and having an intimate relationship with Jesus brings.
We live in a dark, harsh world full of uncertainty and fear, made more difficult by not being able to see without light.
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
John 8:12 ESV
But how do you have the light of life? It means knowing that Jesus went to the cross to take your sins (and we all have them - big and small). He took the death penalty we each deserve so that we may have everlasting life in Heaven with God (Romans 5:8). When we confess that to God, then He gives us the Holy Spirit to illumine this life.
That if you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you shall be saved.
Romans 10:9 ESV
What if you already know Jesus and feel the darkness closing in?
I was walking with my friends down a gravel, dirt path in the middle of the church camp. The stars shone over head on the crystal clear night but they did not help in the blinding darkness. My friend Jennifer flipped on her phone's flash light and suddenly we could see 3 feet in front of us. Step by step, we made it to our destination by the light.
Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.
God promises to illumine our path, He doesn't promise to light the entire path so you see the destination. But why, you might ask. Trust. If you saw the end, would you have to trust Him to get you there? No. As He illumines your path step by step, He will guide you to where He is leading you. I know that is so hard when we just want to know it all turns out okay. Faith.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways submit to Him and He will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV
God is trustworthy. He does not fail. We must go to Him in prayer and confident assurance that He will lead us down the path, lighting one step and then the next. That sure beats walking in total darkness, alone left to our fears, doesn't it?
I heard her cry so I stumbled out of a dead sleep to go to her room. My daughter lost her blanket in her sleep and couldn't find it. I turned on the light and suddenly, we found it. In the light, what was lost was found.
When I turned off the light to walk back to my room and go to bed, I realized how much darker it felt once I had seen the light. There is no need to walk in darkness, once you have seen the light.
If you are struggling, fumbling in the darkness of trials and you haven't see the light of Jesus, make today the day you see it. Pray and ask Him into your life. If you have questions, email me.
If you know Him and the trials of this life feel overwhelming and you are having a hard time seeing the next right step, let me encourage you to pray and ask Him to guide you step by step. Not only will He lead you but you will find a deeper dependence on Him than you knew before.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
The Lord is my light and my salvation --
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life --
of whom shall I be afraid?
Until next time, keep on keeping on IN THE LIGHT with a joyful, faith-filled life. #tribekoko
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