For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves.
I don’t have a great memory, but some random life experiences are still so clear that I can close my eyes and feel as if I’m reliving them. It’s not always the major events that stick with me either. One of my most vivid childhood memories was walking down the hall of my friend’s house and wandering into her teenage brother’s room. The door was slightly cracked allowing a sliver of light to split right through the middle of his darkened “cave” as I peeked in. His walls were completely covered in what looked like random doodles; pen and marker etchings of the sort you’d see on a kid’s spiral notebook. His black curtains blocked out the sun and the distinct smell of (what I now know was) pot hung in the air.
Less than two feet past the forbidden threshold, I suddenly I heard a deep voice, and saw her brother with his long hippie hair materialize in the corner with a guitar in his lap. He was staring right at me welcoming me into his creepy lair. Well, needless to say, I bolted out of that room just about as fast as my little legs could manage.
I have always been perplexed by people who actually choose to live in the dark literally or figuratively. While I’m sure there are many complicated reasons for it, it is so profoundly limiting. People can’t see the real you, you can’t see the real you, and you can’t see others clearly either!!! (maybe that’s the whole point) I love all of the bible’s references to light, whether it’s the light reflected inside each of us or the light of God himself. One of God’s first acts on earth was creating light and separating it from the darkness. Genesis 1:3.
That’s how important light is.
Truth lives in the light. And whether it’s something as simple as eyebrows that need more plucking or something more complicated like an attitude that needs to be adjusted..I want to live in the honesty of that light; in the love, the fellowship, the freedom and, most importantly, in the forgiveness that God offers through his son.