I finally know what real darkness is like. I mean absolute, pitch-black, complete absence of any discernible light kind of darkness. The kind of darkness that leaves you feeling scared, disoriented, lost and confused.
It happened several years ago when I took my family to a state park nearby called Marianna Caverns. We made the drive down there on a crisp Fall day to go camping and tour the cave and it was an experience that I will never forget. The tour guide explained to us how brave the early explorers of this cave would have been. If they were to become lost in the maze of caverns without a light source they would surely be scared and may never find their way out.
He instructed us to stand still and then he turned off the lights. It was instant and utter darkness. Even after our eyes had a chance to adjust, there simply was no ambient light for our pupils to pull in. It was a compete absence of light and it was terrifying.
As a Christian, I couldn’t help but think of the implication of the absence of light if Jesus were not in my life. He said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12). There’s an amazing comfort in knowing that the darkness of the world around me can never dampen the light of Jesus. There’s great hope in realizing that Satan will never snuff out the fire of love that Jesus has for me.
Jesus is the guiding light we must all live by. He provides light and sustenance to our very soul. There’s nothing in this world that can produce this guiding light for us. Without him, we are walking in compete spiritual darkness, lost and unable to find our way. “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).