I recently had to go into my garage to grab something. It was dark and I did not turn on a light first. I thought I could hurry out and make it back before the door closed and I lost the light being cast from inside the house. I didn’t make it. In my last few steps in total darkness before reaching the house door I had these thoughts…
“Darkness is the absence of light, but light is not the absence of darkness. Darkness is not a thing, it is only the absence of a thing. You cannot create darkness, you can only fail to create light.”
We are challenged every day with responsibilities and obstacles that could make our lives feel very dark. It would be easy to allow the darkness to overwhelm us. As I’ve thought more about this experience however, I’ve recognized that the darkness doesn’t have to scare us. Here are three reasons why.
1 You are the creator of your light
We face moments of creation every single day. Like the lighting of a candle in a previously dark room, we can choose to create hope and faith through our efforts, or we can choose not to. We can choose to create belief in our capabilities and strengths, or we can choose not to. We can choose to create new ideas, new processes, or new perspectives, or we can choose not to.
Our choice to create is followed by the inspiration of thoughts or actions that propel that creation into life. Our choice to not create is our decision to give up our light and allow outside forces to act upon us. With this inaction, our candle can be blown out before it ever takes flame.
The light we create can guide us and help us as we face those dark paths that life will present to us. If we choose not to create light, we are forced to continue wandering those dark paths in uncertainty.
2 You are the receiver of light
As I drew closer to the door I then had this thought…
“It’s a good thing I know the right path back to my door, or this darkness would overwhelm and defeat me.”
Fortunately, we usually all know the path back to where we are trying to go. Even in the dark, we know the general direction and the steps it’s going to take to get there.
This does not mean the pathway will be easy. It does mean that we can take confidence in knowing the right direction though. Every time we create light in our lives, and every time we receive the light of those who influence us, we are increasing our overall capacity to see. Remembering that light is imperative when we are in our moments of darkness.
3 You are the giver of light
My last thought before opening the door was of a scripture I have known my whole life…
14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
As you find your light, and as you find your way back down the pathway which leads you to the safety you desire, remember that there are others who are still on their journey.
What can you do to help others feel that their pathway is not so daunting? Can you help make their pathway more clear? What can you do to make sure that no one else will feel as lonely or abandoned as you may have when the darkness first set in upon you?
Let your light so shine
I wish for everyone that they will wake up today and consciously choose to be a creator of light. Not only will you be able to clearly see your own path ahead of you, but you will then be able to help others.
Whether is is a walk back into the house from a dark garage, or a much longer, more difficult journey you are taking, you can know that you don’t have to be afraid of the dark.
Question: What is your greatest source of light? How can you strengthen this light so you may always count on it? Leave a comment below.