“God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.” — I John 1:5
I came across this little story during my quiet time yesterday and have been thinking about it every since:
Once upon a time a Cave lived under the ground, as caves have the habit of doing. It had spent its lifetime in darkness.
One day it heard a voice calling to it, “Come up into the light; come and see the sunshine.”
But the cave retorted, “I don’t know what you mean. There isn’t anything but darkness.” Finally the Cave was convinced to venture forth. He was amazed to see light everywhere and not a speck of darkness anywhere. He felt oddly warm and happy.
Turnabout was fair play and so, looking up to the Sun, the Cave said, “Come with me and see the darkness.”
The Sun asked, “What is darkness?”
The Cave replied, “Come and see!”
One day the Sun accepted the invitation. As it entered the Cave it said, “Now show me your darkness.” But there was no darkness!”
The Bible says, “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” (I John 1:7). What does it mean to walk in the light? It means to strive to keep the commandments to love God and to love our neighbors — to live as Christ did.
I can see in my mind’s eye the recent vigils held for the victims of the shootings in Arizona where hundreds of candles were lit in the dark of night as a sign of hope and remembrance. Surely that is how God intended for us to live: as living candles, bringing hope and warmth to the world around us — not because we are such wonderful people on our own (we’re not) but because we know the joy and hope that comes from being forgiven and being given a second chance.