Walk by the Light

Have you ever tried to navigate your house when it is pitch black inside?  I have and am able to do so by memory if I go slow enough, but I have grown reluctant since my children have begun to leave toys out.  Have you ever stepped on a die-cast car in bare feet?  Even if you don’t fall to the ground and hurt yourself that way, you stand a good chance of hurting your foot just from the little sharp corners pricking and cutting into your skin.  Imagine trying to move through your darkened house in a hurry – perhaps you heard the crash of glass, or the scream of one of your children.

In my haste, I try to rely on my memory, my good low light vision and my senses to keep me safe, but often find myself bumping into things, stepping on things that I had either failed to notice on the ground or had forgotten, or otherwise misjudging distances.  It is not that I don’t have flashlights or the ability to turn on the room lights or hall lights in order to see better, it’s that I choose not to do so either as a courtesy to my wife who is still asleep or to avoid waking up my other son.

There’s something else there as well though.  It’s a reliance on my own senses and recollection.  It’s an innate confidence that I can handle whatever I come across even in the dark of night.   It is in the many times I have slammed my head into something in the dark, stepped on a toy car, or kicked a door frame and broken a toe as I tried to pass through it that I have come to realize how foolish I am for trying to navigate the dark on my own.

Light and dark as an interplay within the Bible have been exhaustively examined.  My reliance on myself in navigating my house is a great example of how easy it is for us to trip up in life.  In the past, I have tried to navigate by faith, not in the Light, but in my own human senses and memory.  It would be much easier and less painful if I just reached over and grabbed my flashlight before I took the first step.


The dark can be a frightening thing without a way to guide you through it.  It hides, conceals, dulls the senses in one aspect while elevating others to the point of hysteria even.  The imagination runs wild with all of the possibilities that can happen under cover of night.  It is no wonder to me that night is used as the metaphor for evil in the Bible as evil is easily recognized when exposed to the Light, but when darkness falls, it becomes much harder.  Psychologically, we all fear the night at some level and for good reason, danger lurks in the shadows at every turn waiting to trip us up and ruin us.

What are we to do?

Firstly, have faith in the Light of Christ.  Second, own the night.

So, a question to ponder – how can we come to own the night?

Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Anyone who walks in the daytime will not stumble, for they see by this world’s light. It is when a person walks at night that they stumble, for they have no light.

John 11:9-10

You are going to have the light just a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you. Whoever walks in the dark does not know where they are going. Believe in the light while you have the light, so that you may become children of light.

John 12:35-36

I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.

John 12:46

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

John 1:5

The people walking in darkness
    have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
    a light has dawned.

Isaiah 9:2

God has delivered me from going down to the pit,
    and I shall live to enjoy the light of life.

Job 33:28

The sun will no more be your light by day,
    nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you,
for the Lord will be your everlasting light,
    and your God will be your glory.

Isaiah 60:19

Put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.

Romans 13:12

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Matthew 5:14-16


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