God’s Word for Today: Darkness. You are probably starting to get a little leery of reading these posts. Yesterday’s word was hell, and then we turn around today and talk about darkness. Tis the season to be jolly. Why all the gloom and doom. Well, because.
Part of our training in the Navy was how to navigate in total darkness. Once you were onboard a ship, you were highly encouraged to learn the route from your quarters, to the nearest exit leading to outside. Not only your quarters, but wherever your primary work station was too. You didn’t just have an Evacuation plan posted on the backside of your first door like a normal office building. You needed to actually practice and learn your route. With your eyes closed. Or even better, blindfolded.
The teachings and importance of being able to escape the ship by memory in total darkness was simple. You either learned how to do it, or you could perish because as your ship sank, and you had no light, you failed to find your exit. So, this practice didn’t have to be ordered and checked off by your superiors. You accepted it as a means of survival. No questions asked.
To this day, I still practice navigating around the house in total darkness. Not because so much of a survival instinct, but because I find it a fun challenge. Sometimes my knees, shins, or toes do not appreciate it so much. And, in Paraguay, loss of electricity is quite common. Thus, I get to test my blind skills often.
For some, this probably does not seem very entertaining. Pure fear of the dark is common and understood. If fear of the dark is in control, all you can think about is finding a light. To heck with wandering around as a test of your blindness skills.
Matthew 6:23. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness.
This is a rather heavy Scripture. True in every sense, but rather heavy. Dark is dark, is dark. You can probably relate to what this Scripture is telling you.
Some might view darkness as purely external and something one can overcome with a little light. They might think that only others contain darkness within. They are above internal darkness. That line of thinking is dark in itself.
We all, each and every one, you and I, all have a darkness within. You might not want to admit it. But, it is there. At times, it rears its ugly head with no warning. Other times, we tend to bring it out as a defense mechanism. And, there are times when we live with that darkness day in and day out.
The point you need to grab today is this one simple little statement: If you have put yourself in darkness long enough, you learn how to navigate through your life without any harm to yourself. You have learned how to live with your eyes closed. Initially, you might have had a few bumps and bruises, but sadly you get pretty good at this darkness thing. Or maybe, you just like to immerse yourself in darkness once in a while just to test your navigation skills. After all, heck, you survived the darkness before, what will it hurt to check it out just for a little bit.
Today, know that God did not intend you to ever have to live in darkness. God saw that his original plan to put darkness behind you, wasn’t working too well. It was a very long and complicated route to find any semblance of Light. Then God sent Jesus to this world. What a masterful plan. Send the Living Light for all who believe. No more excuses for endless blundering in the dark. And the switch to turn on this Living Light is always within reach. Never again, do you need an escape plan. No more blundering in the dark. Just reach out to Jesus and turn the Light on………..
Prayer: My dearest Lord, today I thank you for your Light. Forgive me for the times when my darkness overpowers any semblance of Light. It is not good, and I know better. But God, shamefully, I am really good at being in the dark. I need your strength and guidance to keep the Light on. Oh, how much better my world is with your continual Light. In Jesus’, who gave me access to your Light, name I pray. Amen.