Accustomed to the Dark

>> Wednesday, December 11, 2013

I avoid the intake of caffeine. Yet on a recent trip to Boise, I indulged…at Starbucks in the morning with chai…and then when I ate lunch. We arrived back in town at 2:00 and by the time I was served my Mexican food it was 3:00. I can’t eat Mexican without pop…so I partook of a diet Pepsi. And then a refill.

I should have known better.

That evening, for the first hour after we went to bed, I lay there wide-eyed, staring into the dark. Enough of that. I snuck from the bedroom feeling my way to the door. Traversing the living room I discovered the suitcases were still there. Finally I arrived at my office and turned on the light.

A blog was written.

Time to try the bed again…but this time I went through the kitchen to avoid the suitcases. Even though I had turned the lights off when I left my room, I paused at the bedroom door.

“I need to let my eyes get accustomed to the darkness so I can make my way to the bed.”

So I stood there. When I began to see shapes in the dark, I entered the bedroom and went to bed.

As I thought about that experience, I realized that life could happen just like that. We spend time in the light…doing good things…having high integrity…great morals. But something occurs to cause us to be in darkness…feeling our way. If we stay in that darkness long enough, it becomes familiar. We can find our way around without the light.

It’s easier to get away with bad behavior in the dark. Some people like it there and choose to stay.

For me, as a Christ-follower, I choose the Light.

“Make sure the light you think you have is not really darkness. If you are filled with light, with no dark corners, then your whole life will be radiant, as though a floodlight is shining on you” Luke 11:36 (NLT)


Catrina Bradley December 11, 2013 at 10:08 PM  

I think I'm going to cry. I'm so tired of fumbling in the dark, and being blinded by flashes of light. And my trials and troubles are nothing compared to those on my prayer list. Thank you for this beautiful message of hope.

dandelionfleur December 11, 2013 at 10:50 PM  

I run from darkness--not because I'm wonderful, but because I'm afraid. I've seen what comes of darkness. still it's a bad reason.

Joy Bach December 12, 2013 at 7:29 PM  

Thanks so much for your comments. I love you both.

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