Monday, March 30, 2009

Now That's Dark


I THOUGHT I KNEW WHAT DARK WAS, until I took a tour of the Oregon Caves located in the mountains above Grants Pass, Oregon. As part of the ½ mile, 90 minute tour you are taken into one of the pathways between chambers at which point the Park Ranger/tour guide turns out the lights. To say you can’t see your hand in front of your eyes is an understatement. And there is no “letting your eyes adjust” either. It is just dark as dark can be. Truthfully, a pretty unnerving feeling. I more than welcomed the opportunity to bask again in the soft incandescent glow of the light strung overhead.

The Holy Scriptures tell us that without Jesus, who is the Light of the world, we are all walking in darkness. I am going to make the assumption that the darkness is not some sort of twilight time of dusky shadows but more like the intense blackout that I experienced in the cave. It is a darkness that over time leaves one with the inability to determine which way to go, and maybe even more not knowing that there is a way to go. It is a darkness that paralyzes.

The good news is that we do not have to remain in the darkness. Like the Park Ranger in the cave, our Lord is more than willing to illumine the path that leads to the fullness of light if we but call out to Him. It is the desire of our gracious Lord to not only shine His light upon the path of our life, but to lead us out into the day in which we can be completely encompassed in Him who is the Light of the world.

In the book of the Revelation, the Apostle John describes the fullness of the Lord’s light. He records, “The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it.” (Revelation 21:24-25) It is in this Light that we are called to walk.

So, let us walk.

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