Gathering Together

                     The Dark Truth

Imagine a dark room. Now imagine being in a room and suddenly the room unexpectedly becomes dark. Finally, imagine entering a dark room and upon flipping the light switch and no light appears. Oftentimes within our day to day routine we unexpectedly enter tunnels of darkness. I’ve heard it said; “there is a light at the end of the tunnel.” As this is to say; continue to journey until you reach the light. Have you also noticed the closer you journey towards the light, which may have appeared as a “pen light,” slowly becomes a bright and welcome beacon of; hope?

There are hundreds of examples, metaphors and illustrations concerning travels through dark moments, tunnels, situations, chaos and catastrophic mayhem.  However, as dark is to evil; light is to good. Light can be detrimental in some environments. Like take a dark room for developing film. I can even remember how the darkness of night brings out a breed of evil deeds and trickery. Spiritually speaking the Bible speaks on this wise:

Joh_3:19  And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.  Joh_3:20  For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

However there were instances during the ministry of the first Apostles where the darkness played a significant role in their escapes from injustice and persecution:

Act_9:25  Then the disciples took him by night, and let him down by the wall in a basket.

Act_16:33  And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.

Act_17:10  And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews.

 

And finally, in relation to darkness and its relevance within the presence of God:

Exo_20:21  And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was.

Psa_18:11  He made darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies.

There have been countless times throughout my life where the darkness was comforting, especially during those times when I needed serenity and quietness. There were times when I lay in a bed of affliction and I would hide behind the lids of my eyes. My soul was unsettled and weary. And it was the light of the Word; which was hidden in my heart, which brought me to the light of my reality.

This tunnel we so confidently speak of when offering motivational metaphors is disconcerting to me; personally. Why should I have to stumble thru the dark, just to get to that light? The light at the end of the tunnel may be an unglorified beacon of danger. This is to say, that we who have that intimate and personal relationship with God, know that the scriptures are to life; as air is to breathing. Each process is needed to sustain life.

In conclusion; if we were to challenge the “light at the end of the tunnel” concept. I can call to attendance one scripture to put it all in a nutshell:

Psa_119:105  NUN. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

Through the tunnels of life or the pits of despair; Jesus will always supply a light of comfort.

 Ti Maze© 2012