Have you ever noticed that the longer you spend in the dark, the more you become used to it? Let me give you an example. Suppose you are in a restaurant that has dim lighting. When you first go in, it is hard to see anything. But as you stay in the dim lighting, your eyes become used to the dimness that is around you. In other words, you adjust to your surroundings and soon the darkness becomes the norm. The darkness begins to feel as though that that’s the way things ought to be.
That is until you step out into the light of the day.
But the trouble is there are many people living in the dark who don’t even realise that they are doing so. They live their lives day by day in the dark because that is all they know. The curtains of their minds and hearts are drawn tight and they don’t even know that they are waiting for them to be opened up. The darkness is of the mind, heart and soul.
The world we live in is in the dark. Wars, famine, disease and environmental pollution all give evidence to the darkness that we live in. As does the societal breakdown that we see happening in many of our cities. Other signs of the darkness are intolerance of other people’s culture, heritage and religion. It is my belief, and I believe that history will back me up, that more people have gone to war in the name of religion than for any other reason.
Yet it is all a sign of how pervasive the darkness is.
And so I would like to ask you a question. Are you in the dark? We often say that “I’m in the dark” when we don’t know what to do about something, oar we don’t know the answer to a particular problem. This may well be the question that I am asking you. You may be in the dark and don’t even know it. It may be that your curtains have been drawn tight for so long that it only seems natural that they be that way.
However you can draw those curtains open.
Ignorance, intolerance, hatred and greed are all signs of the dark; for they flood our minds and souls with their malignancy and draw us down into the pit of despair. These things make it seem as though all is hopeless by drawing upon our own unawareness of our situation.
But we are not without hope. We can be brought into the bright light of day through Knowledge, Faith, Hope and Love (and the greatest of these is Love). These are the things that allow us to step out into the light of day. Yet ignorance and want keep us in the dark.
So how do you move from the darkness and into the light?
Take a good look at your life and see if there is anything that is dragging you down. Examine your relationship with God in Christ and give yourself fully to Him, for it is only in the Lord Jesus Christ that true light can be found. Then love yourself for whom God has made you; and share that love with all you meet each day; reminding them that He loves them so very much. Remember that you and your neighbours (remember Jesus’ teaching about who is our neighbour) are His creation and that each are more precious than gold to Him.
So there are no longer any reasons to stay in the dark. Just trust in God and you will walk into the glorious light of day.