Friday, January 29, 2010

Where No Light Shines

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, 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 the light was completely sucked out. Immobilized we had no sense of how to move forward. The darkness robbed us of our sense of place.

Truthfully, an honest journey for the life of the Jesus follower can match this darkness. When entering into an intimate relationship with Jesus, His light pours over us, revealing the deep and hidden things that live in the five mile depths of our souls. We can have only one response, repentance, literally turning and going in the opposite direction. What else could be our response when the Light shines on our stuff that breeds in the darkness?

Hiding 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, there is a Light to lead us. And, when we turn around, we will be bathed with such abundant Light that we will discover we are no longer living as bottom dwellers.

Jesus, I don’t want totravel 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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