LIVING IN DARKNESS
Cowardly Clyde was a cowardly horse who was terrified to enter the dark woods. Ultimately, he gained confidence and courage and was able to enter the woods and pull out the dreadful monster that loomed there—a monster that dissipated into nothingness when exposed to the light.
We, too, often have ‘monsters’ hiding in the dark past of our lives—shame, fear, uncertainty, sin, blame. The thought of entering those dark places to deal with those ‘monsters’ is terrifying.
However, when the day finally comes that we decided to expose our ‘monsters’ to the light, we get our first taste of real freedom.
There is power in coming out of the darkness and into the light.
WALKING IN THE LIGHT
Recently, I sat with a friend as she shared her soul with me. Sitting at a picnic table in the cool night air, under a blanket of shimmering stars, she shared things from her past that had caused her to feel tremendous shame. Choosing freedom over fear, she no longer has the desire to hide her sin. Walking exposed, she is taking steps to make things right—steps that are bringing light back into her life.
Out of the darkness and into the light.
Towards the end of our conversation, we gazed into the night sky, feeling small in comparison to the enormity of the universe, filled with its countless stars, moons, and planets, but significant in the eyes of God. For we know that we are known to Him, loved by Him, and through the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ, forgiven by Him.
Walking in the light is walking exposed. It is walking in the truth of our failings.
It’s not being perfect.
It’s not being sparkly and sunshiny.
To walk in the light is to fix our eyes on Jesus [and on each other]— exposed and forgiven.
~ Gretchen Ronnevik, Walking in the Light, Walking with Jesus
Exposed, forgiven, and courageous.
15 The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles;
16 The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.
17 ¶ From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. (Matthew 4: 15-17)
JOIN THE DISCUSSION: When has your life been blessed from coming out of the darkness and into the light?