A couple of years ago, while my husband and I were visiting friends in Missouri, we visited some caves one day. I remember how in one cavern, we were plunged into darkness so that we could experience true darkness. I've experienced that in caves previously and while you know everything is going to be fine, it is still a bit unnerving. Everyone is hesitant to move and if you are there with someone else, you usually cling to them rather tightly. Then the light comes on and everyone collectively breathes of sigh of relief. The light makes us feel much more comfortable, confident and safe.
Once, when I was in another cave, instead of turning on the main lights, the guide lit a candle. The moment that tiny, flickering light appeared, people reacted the same way as they did when all the lights were turned back on. There was that big sigh of relief, all eyes were upon it and everyone wanted to draw closer to it. Typically, unless we are up to no good, we are naturally drawn to the light.
Have you ever noticed that it is light that dispels darkness and not the other way around? Darkness only occurs when there is an absence of light.
In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God,and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.- John 1:1-5
The darkness can never extinguish it. Do we understand what this means? It mean that no matter how much darkness surrounds us, no matter how overwhelming it seems... the darkness can never extinguish the light of Jesus Christ which shines upon us and through us.
We must never forget this. Never.
You, O Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.- Psalm 18:28 (NIV)
Its truths like this that we need to hold onto. If we listened more to the truths of the scripture and less to the "truths" that some men spout we would not fear the darkness half as much.
Just imagine though, clinging to someone when all went dark in a cave and when the lights went on finding that the person you clung to was a total stranger