Growing up I never wanted to go to sleep in the dark. In fact, it was common in my house that the hall light always had to be on before I would even think about going to bed. What was interesting though is that I would wake up in the middle of the night and the hall light would be off. I didn’t get up or worry about it, I just knew that it meant my parents had gone to bed and were asleep in the next room.
I can remember the days when I would go to sleep and wake up and the light was still on. All this meant was that my dad was still at one of the lengthy board meetings at the church. For some reason, not really strange to me now, but the light in the hallway was always a comfort to me. You gotta know, the hall light is completely annoying to me now! Now, just like in high school and college, I need the room to be virtually pitch black in order to get any sleep.
But think about that. Think about the tumultuous affair we’ve had with the hall light growing up. As a baby, you sleep in complete darkness, no problem. You hit three-four years old and suddenly there’s things in the closet and under the bed. You get to about 12-13 and suddenly darkness is acceptable again and may even be preferred. Either way, the thing to realize is that the light in the hallway hasn’t changed at all, it’s always been there, always on or always off, but faithfully it hasn’t changed… you have.
This reminds me of the words we read in Ephesians 5:8-14 (NLT) 8 For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! 9 For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true.
10 Carefully determine what pleases the Lord. 11 Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them. 12 It is shameful even to talk about the things that ungodly people do in secret.13 But their evil intentions will be exposed when the light shines on them, 14 for the light makes everything visible. This is why it is said,
“Awake, O sleeper,
rise up from the dead,
and Christ will give you light.”
Picture this with me: There was a stage in life, spiritually speaking, that we too were overwhelmed and fearful of the dark. We might not have even realized it, but the darkness was creeping in and beginning to play tricks on us. You see, this is actually the reason why children, who once weren’t afraid, are suddenly afraid of the dark. At three to four years old, something wakes up in them, it’s called… an imagination. The normal developmental process of growing up sparks the use of their imagination, and they believe that what they see is very real. The reality, spiritually speaking, for adults however, is that what you see actually is real.
As we sleep in our spiritual beds, we begin to look around and realize that the shadows cast on the wall seems to be getting closer and closer. We enter into a proverbial, “Did you see that?” or “Did you hear that?” type of existence. But there’s good news for this spiritual condition.
There’s Nothing to be Afraid Of
Do you remember that moment when your parent walked into your room and said, “look there’s nothing to be afraid of!” Maybe you didn’t need that as a child, but if or when you do have a child, guess what, you’ll be there. In that moment the parent doesn’t just come in and say, “there’s nothing to be afraid of,” they do something very important; they turn on the light! The light is what exposes the truth! The light became the safety mechanism to help identify the reality. Here’s not only a scientific fact, but a spiritual fact as well: It’s impossible for darkness and light to co-exist.
Folks, for once our spiritual bedrooms were filled with darkness, but now we have the light of Jesus! So now we’re called to live as people of the light! There’s no reason to go back to sleep, we can now live with the light on!
Today I want you to look around your spiritual bedroom and I want you to ask yourself, and God, this question: Is there anything in my spiritual bedroom that I need to allow God’s light to expose? Are their shadows on the wall or things under the bed?
When God sheds his light in us, on us, and through us; then we can truly say, “there’s nothing to be afraid of.” For the light makes everything visible.