I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness. —John 12:46
I think it’s universal that at one point everyone was afraid of being alone in the dark. As we grow up we come to realize that there isn’t actually a monster under the bed or in the closet. Being alone in the dark is no longer something to be afraid of. What’s unfortunate is that the older we get the more dangerous the dark becomes. Because as adults, we retreat into the darkness to hide our shortcomings, failures, and unhealthy habits or addictions (i.e., sin) from the people around us. The worst part is that choosing the darkness and choosing isolation only feeds our shame and gives power to whatever monster we’re struggling with.
Thankfully God sent Jesus into this world to take away the power that sin has over us. To allow us to embrace that we have already been forgiven. That each day and each moment is a new opportunity to live into our identity as children of God. Or for one last analogy, to turn on the light and show us that the monster is really just a pile of clothes.
Now let’s go do some laundry.