Do You Have Light to Combat Your Darkness?
One morning, I wake early for a run before a full day I had planned with my family. It’s important for me to exercise so that I can remain healthy and strong. On this particular day, I lace up my shoes and venture out with a headlamp, because it’s still dark and foggy outside.
I start my run and I turn on my headlamp. The light from it cuts through the darkness like a sharp knife through a heavy blanket. I can only see a few feet in front of me and keep the light focused towards the ground so that I avoid obstacles such as rocks, walnuts, or ruts on the trail. Eventually, I decide to turn off my headlamp and experience the darkness while I run. I slow down and focus my steps and navigate blindly into the unknown with heightened senses.
I hear noises emanating deep within the woods. My ears detect an owl hooting from a distance. It seems to follow me as if the unseen creature is hunting me. I sense footsteps from some sort of animal close by and other noises I could not identify. My imagination takes over and I feel claustrophobic as the darkness seems to tighten its grip around me. I fumble for the button on my headlamp and turn the light back on so that I can escape the darkness. The light brilliantly reveals the path ahead of me. It comforts and guides me safely back to my car. The noises die down and the perceived danger slips away as I finish my run. I’m happy to finish my workout and develop a greater appreciation for my headlamp and its utility and comfort it provides me.
Darkness is present in our world. Without light, we can get lost in it. Darkness is loneliness, despair, fear, depression, and conflict. It surrounds us and feeds on our lack of awareness and preparedness. Many of us navigate life without a “headlamp” and therefore, we lack the light’s comforting presence to guide us through the peaks and valleys of our lives.
What is the light in our lives that will guide us in the darkness? Jesus Christ states in the Bible in John 8:12, “I am the Light of world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” I hate the dark. It’s scary. I used to be terrified by the darkness when I was a kid. Shadows came alive in my room and I became paralyzed by fear. As I grew older, the darkness and my fear of it never left me, it just took on new and more adult forms. It wasn’t until I found Jesus that I found my light to combat the darkness. Now I lead a fearless life, for Jesus lights my path and I willingly follow.
I’m not sure where you are on your journey, but I assure you that accepting Jesus in your life will shed light into your own form of darkness and provide you a path to navigate it. The light always defeats darkness, so don’t live your life one second longer without it. Accept Jesus today and turn on that headlamp that will reveal the path that God has planned for you and learn what it’s like to live a life truly in the light. Will you accept the light?