Can you identify?
Apparently the deal is that there isn't a whole lot of day light, the big holidays are behind us, credit card bills for Christmas have started showing up, and many new year resolutions we hoped we'd stick with have failed.
Wow. I guess I never thought of this before, but it makes sense.
It made me think about when I was a kid in my bedroom at night and would feel afraid of the dark. Like many of you who know this fear, I would close my eyes tightly and hope it would go away.
The irony is that in closing my eyes I stayed in the dark. Only I wasn't as afraid of that darkness as I was the other darkness. Closing my eyes created a darkness I knew... but the darkness of my bedroom (even thought it was my bedroom) suddenly seemed unfamiliar.
From dark to dark.
Odd contrast, eh?
I wonder sometimes how we turn to darkness to comfort our feelings of vulnerability. And yet it is weakness and powerlessness where grace seems most real and welcome. The dark is the place when the light shines brightest.
What are the dark places in your life that you fear?
What are the dark places in your life that you don't fear?
What's the difference?
"The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it." (John 1:5)