The Failing Of Darkness
I can't imagine what it's like to be blind, to not see the brilliant colors of the morning sky, or deep hues of the Texas Blue Bonnets in bloom. What would it be like not be able to see the faces of my grandchildren or the smile of my wife? The world is full of wonder that is lost to those without sight.
The closest I can come to the experience is when I took some teens spelunking. Deep in the recess of the earth we turned off our flashlights and the walls that were only inches away on all sides became suffocating, and panic was only calmed when the lights were turned on again.
There are other kinds of darkness in the world. Depression affects millions of people, plunging them into emotional darkness. It is suffocating, as despair pushes out any sense of hope or escape.
There is moral darkness that underlies every civil culture, tempting people into lurid behaviors that promise fulfillment and only leaves them empty. Young men and women trapped in the darkness of sex trafficking, used to service those whose darkness has consumed them.
We want to think of ourselves as an enlightened culture, but we are not. What looks bright and shiny on the outside is corroding away on the inside. Eventually it will eat its way to the surface and the darkness will prevail. YET,
"The people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light."
There is hope. With the Apostle Paul in Colossians 1:13, we give thanks daily because "He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins." Colossians 1:13,14
Darkness is not greater than light. It fears light, and Jesus is the light of the world. When we receive redemption, the forgiveness of our sins, we are transferred out the darkness and into the kingdom of light. It is there that moral decay is vanquished, emotional darkness lifted. It is there that the blinders on our eyes are take away and we truly see for the first time. The temptations that plaque us hold no power over us, our perspective on life is seen by the illumination of the light and not the grays of the darkness. Hate, anger, resentment, jealousy, and spite are not our motivating emotions, but love consumes us and compels us to reach out to those in darkness.
I would not know the joys of the light if not for the darkness, and though I would pray for all to escape darkness' clutches those who have been there sing God's praise the loudest.
This morning as I watch the sun chase the evening away, I am reminded again of God's great love that has brought me out of darkness into the kingdom of his beloved son. I'm just saying.