Darkness. Terrifying to some due to the unknown. What might be lurking in the shadows? Will I be safe in the dark?
To others, it is a place of safety. In the dark, I can’t be seen. In the dark, I can hide. In the dark, I can let down the walls and facades, even if just for a minute or two. To some, darkness feels like safety.
It is not physical darkness that I speak of. It is the darkness inside. The place we hide because we fear being discovered for who we truly are.
This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all.1 John 1:5
Perhaps it is this all encompassing light that keeps you and me from vulnerability. It is frightening to expose the darkness. What if no one gets it? What if I am the only one? What if I am meant to be this way?
My mind keeps going back to Jesus. Read Mark 10:17-22 for the full story, but a rich man came to Jesus and asked what he needed to do to spend eternity in heaven. Jesus told him to obey the commandments and named six of them. The man did a little skip and replied that he had always done those. And then scripture says this:
Looking at the man, Jesus felt genuine love for him.Mark 10:21
Jesus is about to expose the darkness in the man; the one thing that keeps him from living life to the fullest. And his heart toward him was LOVE!
Are you afraid to come into the light of Jesus’ love? Afraid that something might be exposed that you try so hard to hide?
Come, he’s reaching for you with a heart overflowing with genuine love!