Have you ever been in a really dark place – I mean a physically dark place? I have been in places where when the lights are turned out there is no light. None. There are no windows, no glimmer of light. It is the epitome of pitch dark. That’s where I want you to go with me today.
Imagine sitting in a perfectly, totally dark place. The kind of place where you cannot see your hand in front of your face. The kind of place that although you are holding a friend’s hand or linking arms… you cannot see them. The kind of place you can feel they are there and their voice tells you they are there, but your eyes deny their presence. It’s a weird, odd kind of feeling.
Sit there for a while. Even though you have sat for a while, still no light. No visual cues. Are you starting to get a feel for the kind of place I have taken you?
Quiet. No one is making a sound.
Dark and quiet.
Your eyes are wide open, but still you can see nothing.
This is the world of the lost. Darkness. They cannot see.
Then it happens. Someone on the far end of the room, some distance from you in fact, strikes a match and instantly, I mean instantly – every eye, every single eye is drawn to the light. Every person in the room can see that match. No one can help but look.
Are you that match?
Not to draw attention to yourself but to draw attention to the ONE who has given you the LIGHT.
Again 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
For it is you who light my lamp; the LORD my God lightens my darkness. Psalm 18:28
But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day. Proverbs 4:18
You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. Matthew 5:14-15
Without genuine believers, the world would be like that pitch dark room. But Jesus shines His light into the darkness through His children. One match at a time.
…children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world… Philippians 2:15
Let His light shine.
Diane Hunt is a Biblical Counselor, Women’s conference and retreat speaker and author. She serves as the Director of Partner Care and Director of Women’s Ministries at America’s Keswick. She and her husband John have two married children and four grandchildren. She loves reveling in warm sunny climates and playing with her grandchildren.
One thought on “Darkness”
What an insightful word picture! Thank you so much!