I grew up going to church. I went to Sunday school and heard all the magical stories about Jesus’ life one earth. But I remember, even to this day, that one of the things that fascinated me the most about Jesus was the fact that He brought light to a world that was walking in complete darkness. I understand now that I am older that it wasn’t actually pitch black, but it was dark with sin and lostness without Jesus. But as a little girl, I marveled at the fact that Jesus was so kind to come down to earth and rescue us from the darkness. I was terrified of the dark when I was younger. There is no way I would fall asleep unless I had my bedroom door wide open, with the hallway AND bathroom light streaming in. I needed something to interrupt the darkness. Something to reassure me that my family was still outside my door, to remind me that my mom and dad were right down the hall. I hated the silence that came with a room that was completely absent of light. I hated having my eyes open, and being able to look around, but not being able to see a single thing. It made me feel like my eyes weren’t working and that made my little heart go into a panic. So whenever my parents told me about Jesus bringing us light and life, I was just amazed and so thankful. But then when they told me that His light could not be overtaken by the darkness, I was at peace. I began to be able to sleep with my door halfway open, then I could close it a little more, then I finally got to the point where I could shut my door and sleep in the dark, because I wasn’t afraid anymore. I had a light inside of me that could not be overtaken by the dark. Now I can’t sleep if any light is coming into my room. Funny how times change, huh?
It’s amazing how simple the Bible can be to young children and how easily they can be comforted by Him. All I needed was to know that He was with me, and I slept peacefully. When did it become so hard to take Him at His word? Where along the line did we lose our childlike faith?
“Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path.”-Psalms 119:105
“Then spoke Jesus again to them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”-John 8:12
“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleans us from all sin.”-1 John 1:7
“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that you should show forth the praises of him who has called you out of darkness into his marvelous light;”-1 Peter 2:9
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom is no ficklenss, neither shadow of turning.”-James 1:17
“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”- Romans 12:21