Darkness. Each one of us sleeps in it, deals with it, and experiences it. Darkness affects us physically, mentally, and spiritually. It reveals our lack of knowledge. Are you afraid of being in the dark?

When you are in the dark: you are blind to what is seen and unseen, you stumble against things in your path, you lose your bearings and get lost, you have a fear of being alone in the unknown, and you are unaware of the truth of your surroundings; all because of the absence of light.

If you are in a pitch black room, it is impossible to see anything with your eyes. You are essentially blind. You will stumble and trip over things, lose your sense of direction, and develop a fear of the unknown: what else is in there with you, what if this, what if that….

The funny thing is, when there is only a fraction of light, that is when we see shadows. Shadows are the result of objects blocking the light, and their shapes and sizes can be frightening, but at least they give us a visual of where something is. Yet, that doesn’t stop our minds from playing tricks on us! These shadows can be very deceiving.

Have you ever been left out of something, or weren’t given enough information? You were essentially ‘in the dark’ about certain things. We think we need to know everything, so our day is filled with consuming information, watching the news, and keeping up to date about what’s going on, so that we don’t feel ‘in the dark’. If we showed a lack of knowledge, then that would reveal our ignorance, which honestly hurts our sense of pride.

“..the people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light, and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death, on them a light has dawned.”
Matthew 4:16

Being in the dark influences our mind, which is our thoughts; and our eyes, which is our vision.
I am not just speaking physically, but also spiritually.
When we succumb to the darkness, our thoughts turn to shady things, which are not of God. This is when we stumble in our choices, which leads to guilt, which leads to shame, which prevents us from approaching the Light. Suddenly the darkness provides a hiding place, or so we think. Once that light turns on, our sin is exposed.

“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.”
Ephesians 5:15-16

Or you could look at it this way: one should not be afraid of the dark, but of being in the dark of Godly things. Someone who doesn’t know God or Jesus is truly in the dark, and is asleep. They are living without hope, though they don’t even realize it. Their eyes have adjusted to the blackness, and they are comfortable there. They don’t have a fear of the dark, because their pride won’t allow them to believe that there is such a Light that can open their eyes and help them. The truth is, they fear the light would reveal their hidden behaviors which they are not ready to change. And so, the blind remain blind by choice, since they will not see the things of God.

“For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.”
Romans 1:21

When Jesus is in our hearts, the Light is always on.

“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

As believers in Jesus Christ, we rarely know what the purpose is of circumstances that happen, or what to do next, but that is where faith in our sovereign God comes in. We cannot see what He sees or knows, which adds to the mystery, yet for me, this is where the adventure of serving Jesus is at its peak. We trust that He loves us, has a plan and purpose for us, and that whether we can see in this darkness or not, we KNOW beyond the shadow of any doubt that HE IS WITH US through it all.

“for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness,”
Ephesians 5:8-11

(The fruit of the light is similar to the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.)

“No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a cellar or under a basket, but on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light. Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light, but when it is bad, your body is full of darkness. Therefore be careful lest the light in you be darkness. If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, it will be wholly bright, as when a lamp with its rays gives you light.”
Luke 11:33-36

Jesus said, “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven”
Matthew 5:16.

Food for thought: If your ‘light’ is dim and isn’t shining brightly, then it is difficult for others to see it and your example of Jesus. That means it is time to recharge your batteries, and get busy attracting people to Jesus through your life!

Fun facts: 1. Travelling at the speed of light, you could go around Earth 7.5 times in a second. 2. A neon lamp was switched on during the Great Depression and continued to burn until it was discovered about 77 years later.
3. “Photography” translates to mean “writing with light”.

Photo by: Kari Wiseman – Shine the Light

***This photo is from the shoot for Drew Wiseman’s cd cover “Shine”, which can be found here.