DayBreaks for 02/10/15 – A Breeding Ground of Fear
From the DayBreaks archive, February 2005:
Darkness. Not only does the night fall with darkness, but it seems as if fear falls along with the dark. We’re more afraid in the dark than we are in the light (which, all by itself, should be sufficient to run to the Light of the world!) and with good reason. Perhaps, if we had eyes like an owl or a dog, we’d not fear the darkness as much, either. But I think we’d still be more frightened than in the daylight because it is in the time of no shadows that great evil happens. But perhaps we are more frightened in the dark because that is when we tend to feel most alone. Don’t you feel more alone in a strange city when it’s night than in the broad daylight? When it is dark, every sound is magnified and is attributed to dark and sinister forces. The darkness disorients us.
In C.S. Lewis’ The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, the ship named Dawn Treader has sailed into a place called the Dark Island, and predictably, everyone on board is terrified. Lucy, one of the visitors on the ship, starts to whisper, “Aslan, Aslan, if ever you loved us at all, send us help now.” Lewis went on to state: “The darkness did not grow any less, but she began to feel a little – a very, very little – better.” Then what happens? A tiny, every so tiny, speck of light becomes visible ahead. Lewis put it this way: “…(it) did not alter the surrounding darkness” but it did light up the ship.
What’s the point? As Mike Yaconelli noted in Dangerous Wonder, “Notice that the darkness did not diminish. God does not always rid us of the darkness; He joins us in the darkness.”
There are some things that people can only do when it is light outside, or when there is sufficient light to dispel enough of the darkness that blankets itself around us. Jesus is the Lord of the daylight. But he is also the Lord when it is dark. And sometimes, that’s when we can best recognize Him.
1 Tim. 6:16 (NLT) – He alone can never die, and he lives in light so brilliant that no human can approach him. No one has ever seen him, nor ever will. To him be honor and power forever. Amen.
Copyright by 2005, 2015 Galen C. Dalrymple. ><}}}”>
PRAYER: Thank you for being Lord of both the light and the darkness, but most of all, for joining us when it is dark and walking with us! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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