There is one fear that is instilled in all human beings. Although right at first it can kindle a sense of adventure, even no adventure is possible when the object of this fear is full. This fear is of darkness.
This past weekend, some friends and I went rock climbing and camping. During many of our adventures throughout the day, we encountered some caves. Tip-toeing down big, steep drops into the earthen holes, we maneuvered our way down into the darkness.
Yes, it was fun exploring through there, but there came a point when I was ready to see the light again! I was ready to crawl towards the light–knowing that freedom from the cave was right there– and to climb out. I was ready to see the world around me in the fullness that only the light can provide.
This was the scene waiting once I clambered out of the cave. Beautiful. What made it even more beautiful, though, was that I had to crawl through the darkness and scrape my hands on rocks along the way through it. But eventually, I reached for a friend’s hand, was pulled out of the cave, and with that friend, we stood in the marvelous light.
The same is true for all of us in our relationship with God. We all will have times in our lives that seem to be dark just like the inside of a cave. But, “God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5). If you are going through a time of darkness in your life–whether struggling with an illness, doubting God and His goodness, or choosing to leave the well-lighted path for more of an “adventure” (which ultimately leads to complete separation from God)–I pray that God will open your eyes to see Him as the Light that obliterates the darkness. Do not choose times of darkness, and yet never forsake these times when they occur because God will still use them for the good of those that love Him (Romans 8:38). As Oswald Chambers once wrote,
“At times God puts us through the discipline of darkness to teach us to heed Him. Song birds are taught to sing in the dark, and we are put into the shadow of God’s hand until we learn to hear Him…Watch where God puts you into darkness, and when you are there keep your mouth shut. Are you in the dark just now in your circumstances, or in your life with God? Then remain quiet…When you are in the dark, listen, and God will give you a very precious message for someone else when you get into the light.”
If you are going through a cave, seek Him and whatever it is that He is trying to teach you through this time. May He bring you out of darkness and into glorious light…
“Because he holds fast to me in love,
I will deliver him;
I will protect him,
because he knows my name.
When he calls to me,
I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will rescue him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”
Praying your day is filled with Sonshine,