2015-05-27 - Drive Out the Darkness
I am thinking of a simple question. Why? Perhaps I should be a bit more specific. We all, at some point if not now, have asked that question when an unexpected and difficult time was presented to us. I began to think about college and a class I took: Philosophy of Religion. Part of the class went over the fundamentals of light and darkness, as seen, in part, by Emmanuel Kant. He wove the ideas of physics and spirituality together, and so often the comparisons are made by many to this day.
Notwithstanding those complex and thoughtful ideas, a more simplistic one came to my mind the other day. The reason we have to face darkness is so we can bring light to it. Once we do that, there is less unknown and less evil before us. It’s the fundamental idea behind the love shared by God through his son, Jesus Christ.
After some time experiencing life from the standpoint of struggle, it becomes clear it’s quite difficult. Some of the experiences that contain darkness are unspeakable loss, comas, deception, physical injuries, allergies, and exhaustion in grief moments. As we wade through these events, trying to come to grips with what they mean to us as they happen, the question of “why?” often pops up.
I am so grateful that my Heavenly Father’s light fills my heart and mind, as my flesh cries out for answers. As I begin to heal the spirit can allow me to become the light that drives out someone else's darkness. It isn’t easy, and he never gave me an illusion that it would be easy. He did promise he’d never leave me, as we walk out of the darkness together.
Are you ready to take on darkness, by being light?
“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:5)
All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.