My Old Friend

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God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed. But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants. John 3:19-21
Because of God’s tender mercy, the morning light from heaven is about to break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to guide us to the path of peace. Luke 1:78-79

Insight

Paige, my youngest daughter, hasn't received the memo that it's summer break. Before the crack of dawn, she is a bundle of energy and ready to tackle the world. I, on the other hand, want a few extra hours of sleep. Almost every day so far, she barges into our room, announces her presence and flips on the light.

This jolts me awake, causing me to squint (and moan) as my eyes struggle to adjust to the light. It takes a few moments for my lethargic body to get used to its new surroundings. Instead of being a morning person, I want nothing more than to pull the covers over my head and say, "hello darkness my old friend." Going from resting comfortably in the darkness to instantly welcoming the bright lights is a skill I haven't mastered yet. 

Scripture uses the imagery of light and darkness to describe the struggle we face in exposing our hearts. We love the obscurity, and false comfort darkness provides us. We can hide our ways, our motives, and our attitudes.  Isolation enables our unchecked desires to run free. 

When we cling to the darkness, we take on a posture of hiding, indifference and even hostility to the truth. If we stay there long enough, we begin to develop a spiritual version of Stockholm Syndrome and believe the thing holding us captive is indeed our friend. 

One can't stumble in the darkness and hope that it magically leads to freedom because it never does. There comes the point where we must stop hiding and pretending. We've got to welcome the light and remember that His mercies are new every morning. By breaking our silence and being honest about our sin and struggles, we loosen its power over us. 

We need to understand the implications of God’s ways on our life. We are called to live as people of the light (Ephesians 5:8). The invitation is to bring everything to Christ to be exposed and forgiven. Why? So our lives will serve as an expression of the freeing power that comes from an encounter with Christ's love.  Today, let the light in. 

Reflection

  • What dangers exist in keeping our deeds in the darkness? How is freedom found by coming into the light?
  • What parts of your heart are you allowing to remain hidden?

Prayer

Lord, I confess to You that there are areas of my life that I keep hidden in the dark corners of my heart. I come to You. I come into the light asking You to expose every false motive and every way that doesn't align with Your ways. Give me the courage to go and be changed. In Your name, Jesus. Amen. 

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