My daughter is still afraid of the dark. She insists on having the hall light on and the door wide open when she goes to bed. Often my husband and I chuckle when we try to close it and she yells out that she is still awake and wants it open. It seems like a silly fear when we are just outside her bedroom. Yet, if we are honest with ourselves…Aren’t we all a little afraid of the dark?
I think if adults are truthful, most would say they would rather have some light as opposed to total darkness. Perhaps it not fear that motivates us to want light but awareness. You want to know what is coming or where things are. We need light to see. However, underneath our need for light is probably fear. Fear of running into something. Fear of not knowing where you are. Perhaps even a fear of who or what might be near you. Light is a powerful tool. It gives us sight and confidence. It also takes away fear.
There may be times in your life when it seems like you are lost or the light to the right path is very unclear. We just seem to lose our way at times. Which way do you turn when your path is unclear or it appears you might be headed down the wrong path? Thankfully God gives us clear directions and lights the way for us. Jesus tells us in John 8:12, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” Jesus is our direction and our path to eternal life. He is the only way to heaven.
How wonderful it is to know this truth and treasure it. We have an eternal light that never burns out or fades. The other wonderful part of this light is that we can share it. God has made us a special as well. He calls us his lights as well. We have the saving truth of the gospel and we are God’s lights. We can share God’s gospel message for others to see the path to heaven. Jesus says in Matthew 5:14 – 16, “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill can not be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on a stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”
We have the light of Christ in our hearts. Let us shine for our children and for others to see. So they may know their Savior and the wonderful things he has done for all of us! In Christ, there is no fear of the dark. He is our light!
Dear God, Thank you for sending Jesus to be the light of the world for us. Help us to shine brightly for others so they too can know their Savior. Amen.