Darkness and Light
Many celebrated Halloween this week. A time when people have fun with the dark side of the spiritual world. Dressing up as ghouls, ghosts, goblins, monsters, witches, zombies, you name it. The dark side is fun and attractive because it is mysterious, thrilling and frightening.
Halloween does not excite me anymore. Why? I know darkness very well. I trudged along a dark, shadowy path – shoulders hunched, head held down, filled with fear, bitterness, unhappiness, envy and regret – for many, many years. Deep inside I was moody, distrustful, cynical and anxious. I believed that anyone who walk through life differently was naive at best, ignorant at worst. Life was – in the words of Thomas Hobbes – “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.”
After I got saved I turned my back on darkness. I began my walk in light taking long, bold strides with a big grin on my face, my shoulders squared back and my head held high. My eyes looking up seeking light wherever I could find it. I cannot get enough of the light. My light years – 4 and counting – have been the best years of my life. I turned alive at 50 and every day is a wonderful adventure filled with love, hope, joy, and peace.
It is interesting how darkness and light interact. I think I appreciate light more than many because of my long walk in darkness. And I know the dark side well because of my walk in light. When I walked in darkness I was blind to its nature and purpose. Lies, deception, depression and oppression. False hopes and broken promises. Darkness limits and restricts those it captures. It imitates, never creates. It distracts and holds you off balance. It keeps you back and tries to convince you there is nothing more to life. Darkness is all your life will ever be.
Satan reminds me of a dictator in a B-grade movie. Ranting and raving, strutting the stage constantly wielding his imagined power. Self-important, insecure and egotistical. Filling his subjects with fear and propaganda about the world outside and how, if they turn away from his leadership, everything will come crashing down around them. There is only one way – Satan’s Way – and if you turn to the light then you are a traitor to his cause. His demonic kingdom providing one distraction after another, tempting and teasing, but in the end “a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” (Macbeth, Scene V)
I love the light. It is new, refreshing and exciting. Raw and real, revealing what truly matters in this world – love, truth, goodness and hope. The light shines deep from within and shows the real you – as God created you – and the amazing, limitless potential Jesus Christ holds out for you as a new creation. No more fear. No more lies. No more deception.
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. (John 8:12).
After I got saved, I was surprised how long it took to get rid of the darkness. At first I thought it was a done deal. One minute I was dark, the next I was light. This was not the case at all. I struggled with darkness for a long time. It was stubborn and unwilling to leave. A loud, obnoxious, drunken guest after a long night of partying. Lazy, content, and comfortable. Expecting to hang on to the very end. Praise to God, the darkness is finally gone. Once in a while it drops by for a visit – pounding at my door and shouting at me to come out and play – but it does not hang around because it knows it is not welcome here anymore.
I am a changed man. A brand new creation in Christ. I embrace the light and know who I am and whose I am. I am a light-seeker and a light-giver. I live for the light. Always looking up, the sun shining on my face day and night.
For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light. (Ephesians 5:8)
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