THE DARKNESS OF GRANDMOTHER’S BASEMENT
My grandmother’s basement had no windows. It was pitch black. Do you know what this means? It means our eyes never adjusted. We could literally see nothing in my grandmother’s basement, not even the hand in front of our face. As kids, my cousins and I would play hide-and-seek in our grandmother’s pitch black basement. It was a blast! We bumped into all kinds of things, acquired bumps and bruises, and knocked things off the walls while “searching” for each other in our grandmother’s pitch black basement.
The kicker is my grandmother had unique treasures from all around the world in her basement. While we were having our fun, stumbling around in the darkness of her pitch black basement, we broke far too many of these precious treasures of hers. Like I said, it was a blast…until we turned the light on and saw the damage we had done. We eventually had to come clean to our parents and grandmother. Time after time, item after broken item, confession after confession, we knew we had done wrong. Maybe not to the degree our grandmother felt it, but we felt a slight twinge of guilt. And it all stemmed from the fact that we simply couldn’t see in the darkness. Yet because of the fun we had, we couldn’t give it up either.
You see, this is the nature of darkness. No, I’m not talking about physical darkness like my grandmother’s pitch black basement. I’m talking about spiritual darkness—when we live our lives in such a way that is contrary (and in opposition to) the light of God’s Truth. When we choose to stray from the light of God’s Truth, we begin to walk in darkness. And guess what? It’s dark in the darkness. We lose the filter of God’s Truth to shade our eyes from things we shouldn’t see. We no longer have the protective covering over our ears to screen things we shouldn’t hear. Our heart is left exposed, raw, pumping anything and everything that the world has to offer through it.
Yes…this is the nature of darkness. We simply cannot see. When we walk in darkness, we stumble. When we walk in darkness we screw things up that are/were once valuable and precious to us and others. While the darkness may be fun for a time, and while we may have a hard time giving it up, we end up leaving a trail of brokenness all around us.
Let me shed some further light on this darkness:
- This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. (John 3:19)
- But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. So if the light within you is darkness—how deep is that darkness! (Matthew 6:23)
- Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you. Whoever walks in the dark does not know where they are going. (John 12:35)
- So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. (Romans 13:12)
- Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. (Ephesians 5:11)
Take a second to survey the damage from your own stumbling around (or playing) in the darkness. If you’re being honest, you’ve left a trail of brokenness as well.
Darkness…it’s deep and can overtake us. The only thing greater than our darkness is light. Jesus is the Light. And He is Truth. When we shine the light of Christ into our darkness, He exposes the crud in our lives. Sometimes it’s ugly and painful, but He does it all in absolute love for us. Jesus warns us about the darkness. Paul exhorts us to flee from it.
No more games. No more hiding. No more darkness.
Isn’t it time to turn on the Light?