Out of the Darkness
Being lost. In seventh grade I took the bus from the military base on the island of Crete to downtown. I was looking for my parents, who were playing cards at a friends house. I thought I knew where they had gone. I knocked, but no one answered the door, and I stood on the porch not knowing where I was in relationship to where I wanted to go.
Our family was still new to the island and we were living at the Astoria hotel. It was right in the middle of town, so I headed in that direction. The sun had already set as I started off, and the gentle sloping roads, winding their way through the town became dark and treacherous paths. The moon stayed behind the cloud hiding even the shadows. Dogs howled in the distance, and the wind blew ghosts through the air as my imagination went places better left alone. I hastened my steps, fear nipping at my heels, but the deeper I went into the darkness the more alone I felt.
Being alone in the darkness, where nothing is familiar, and every sound a potential danger is one of the worst feelings any one can have. It doesn't have to be in a foreign country. It could be a new job, a new church, a new group of people. Being alone has nothing to do with the quantity of people around you, but the depth of relationships, feelings of being safe, the fear of being isolated, the absolute horror of not being accepted.
People are alone in marriages, in churches, at work, and in families. Being alone is totally out of the will of God. It is the only part of creation that wasn't good, Adam's aloneness. God satisfied Adam's need by creating Eve, and she rescued him from his aloneness.
We need people on our live who rescue us from being alone. People who love the Lord and desire to be in his word and with his people. We need people in our lives who will challenge us to do good, to serve, and to love others. We need people in our lives who will listen and admonish. We need people who will not leave us alone.
It can be a spouse, a best friend, a small group, or a church.
After walking for what seemed like hours I finally waved down a taxi and communicated with him where I wanted to go. He drove a quarter of a mile, turned up a hill, and we were there. I couldn't believe it. My destination was just right around the corner. I went upstairs and found my parents and told them what had happened. Amongst the laughing I felt safe around the familiar people who loved me.
God stands at the door and knocks. In the darkness and aloneness he is there wanting to join you so that you will not be alone. He wants you to join his people, and engage in the process of helping others find their way into the light, out of the darkness, and into the loving fellowship of his people. It's a good and safe place. I was lost, but now I am found. I'm just saying.