Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Down Deep

He reveals deep and hidden things;
he knows what is in the darkness,
and the light dwells with him.

Daniel 2:22

Five miles down, in the ocean depths, lives a fish that nobody has ever seen. Because it lives in an environment completely devoid of light, as far as scientists are able to discover, it is a species that has no need for eyes. Eyes, after all, are only necessary for the purpose of taking in light.

Many of us have a memory of the darkest day of my life. It is that moment when light was completely sucked out of our environment, our lives. Immobilized we had no sense of how to move forward. The darkness robs us of our sense of place.

Unfortunately, an honest journey for the life of the Jesus follower can match this darkness. When we enter into an intimate relationship with Jesus we are led to the light that dwells with Him to reveal the deep and hidden things that live in the five mile depths of our souls. Our response to these revelations is repentance, literally meaning, turning and going in the other direction. What else could be our response when Light shines on stuff that lives without light?

Days of stumbling around in the dark, frequently startled by his Light shining on what we need to turn away from doesn’t sound very appealing. But, unlike the deepest dwelling fish, at least there is some light. And, when we consciously turn to go in the other direction, our eyes will take in such quantities of light that we will discover we are no longer living as bottom dwellers.

Jesus, I don’t want to
travel down to my depths.
But, I do want to see what it is
that I need to turn away from in order to
live completely in Your light.

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