We rented a large cabin in Southern Indiana for the weekend and swam and canoed and hiked. Late Saturday night, my best man wanted to have a “serious talk” with me about marriage (not that he was married) and asked me to go for a walk around 11pm. I remember taking a trail through the woods, each of us holding a flashlight, as he awkwardly tried to initiate conversation about how different things were probably going to be for us after my wedding. After a few minutes of uncomfortable silence, his flashlight suddenly “quit” and he asked to see mine. Naively, I handed him my flashlight, only to regret it a second later. My “best man” quickly turned and sped away back to the cabin, leaving me alone in the dark with no light source! I yelled after him but to no avail.
It was one of those cloudy nights where there were no stars in the sky or moon to offer even the slightest illumination. Even after several minutes and my eyes adjusted, it was still so dark I couldn’t even see my hand in front of my face. I was left to just “feel” my way back to the cabin by myself.
That was 20 years ago, and I’m sad to say, I’m not really great friends with my “best man” anymore. But I remember how helpless I felt that night fumbling through the darkness, stumbling over unseen obstacles, and relying on my less developed senses to eventually find my way back to safety.
Like that night so many years ago, many people naively tread the path of life blindly trusting the world around them to show them the way, only to find themselves alone in their darkest moments. Scripture informs us that “…wide is the path that leads to destruction and narrow the gate that leads to life and only few find it. (Matthew 7:13-14)” The truth of Scripture affirms that without the SOURCE of light, men are doomed to wander in darkness. Christ Himself is the LIGHT and we have been sent to illumine the path of life for others.
Join us this Sunday as we turn to John 1, revel in the mystery of LIGHT, and how we are taught to Glow in the Dark.
– Pastor Travis Taylor