Light & Darkness

I put my hand to the rough cave wall hoping if I follow it it will lead me to a way out and not deeper into the darkness. I see something ahead of me. It is a light. I have been in the dark so long all I want it so be near it! All I want is to see where I am and how to get out! I start walking faster. My desire growing to find where I am, to find out what lies ahead! My pace quickens and I am in an all-out sprint. I am clumsy and fall, but I keep running. As I approach the light it reveals so much about me. I see the ugliness that time spent in the dark impressed upon me. The light is warm and safe. In its protection I rest and get cleaned up. I make shadow puppets on the cave wall. I laugh with pure delight! All I want is to stay here, in this moment, but the cave continues on. If I ever hope to get home I need to go back into the darkness. I draw close to the light and try to grab it in my hands, but it slips through them like fog. I try to move it but it is unwavering. Suddenly my efforts are interrupted by a cry. A cry that is coming from the darkness. I step forward to follow it putting the light to my back. For some reason it was as if I became translucent the light was not stopped by my being there as it had been previously. I saw ahead a girl my age crying. I went to her and asked, “What’s wrong?” She explained how she had been following a light but out of nowhere it went out. I realize what I had done. I blocked the light from her view. I decided unknowingly had been stealing the light from her. I explained to her it had not went out or left her. It lead me to her. I helped her up and we both helped each other clean up. And together we ventured forth not in the darkness, but with the light all around.

Although this story is only a story and did not actually happen I find myself in similar situations all too often. Not in caves, but in my walk with God. The world is full of darkness. Darkness that can seem to devour me, but somehow God always finds me. God is the light in the story. The darkness cannot exist where there is even the slightest bit of him. It flees from his presence because it has no other choice. Often times, like in the story, I try to hoard the light. Some people refer the this stage as a “God-High”. A feeling of contentment, comfort, and joy. The thing is, you are doing the great gift you have been given and yourself a grave disservice if you try and live in this moment. You can become enlightened. You can become a light bearer. You just have to be willing to trust and obey. Be willing to let go of your own agenda and trust the plan that the God of the universe made for you before a single atom came to be. Trust his love for you. Let that trust lead you to walk with others. Share what you have all the while consciously choosing to no longer be of this world, but merely in it. You are a guest and entrusted to leave where you were better than you found it. You are a child of the light. You are equipped by God himself to face the darkness.

1 Thessalonians 5:5-6 & 8-11, “You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober... Since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”

Know that you are clothed in heavenly armor and when you venture God has your back.

Peace and Blessings,
Danae Dieken
UNI Junior

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