Well, it’s almost that time again. Where people dress up and get free candy. If you really think about it, it’s probably the best holiday right behind Christmas when you get presents. I’m reminded of something every time I think of this holiday. I would be sitting with my friends back in high school and even in college and we would talk about the great shows of the 90’s. Whether it be Saved by the Bell, Boy Meets World, Doug, All That, Legends of the Hidden Temple, and the list goes on. But one show always seemed to make in the conversation: Are You Afraid of the Dark?
Growing up, my parents didn’t want me to watch it, cause let’s face it, I got nightmares. Scrolling through the episodes on YouTube, I think I got little scared. I have always found that show to be creepy but yet very interesting, even to this day. So I ask myself, am I afraid of the dark?
I, along with others, like the darkness in a way. It’s where we belong, or rather where we think we belong. We become the Gollum or Smeagol of the darkness. The sin in our lives have burdened us to the extent where we fill comfortable where we are. It is what we know and it’s all we want to know. We get so far into the darkness that we begin to hate the light.
This is what I love about the Bible. Every time I read and study it, I find something awesome that just blows my mind away. In John 3:19-21, Jesus says this about light and dark:
This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.
And then later on in John 8:12, after the story of the adulterous woman, Jesus says this:
I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.
How many of us are drawn to the Light out the darkness we are in? In John 8, it was during the time of the Festival of Tabernacles, in which the people would celebrate and remember the time the Israelite people were in the wilderness and God delivers them. God gave them manna, water, and also a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night to guide them. To celebrate that and remember the aspect of the light, the people lit lamps and torches, brought them to the temple and also had lamps laminating inside the temple. So, having all that on their mind, the setting is at the temple where Jesus is teaching them, and He proclaims that He is the Light of the world!
God delivered the Israelite people from their journey with light. Jesus delivers us with Light from our journey in the wilderness. How amazing is that? Incredibly amazing. So, ask yourself, “Am I afraid of the dark?” I hope your answer is no. Don’t be comfortable with the darkness you are in and know that the Light is there to help you on your journey.