Shadows and Darkness

This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you:  God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.  If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.  But 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.
 – 1 John 1:5-7

Have you ever stopped and watched the shadows fall across the ground?  Or noticed the way light acts when it encounters an object?  I was told this past week that when we walk towards the light, shadows fall behind us.  But when we become the light, shadows flee from us. 

Darkness is not only the opposite of light, it is the absence of light.  Wherever light falls, darkness flees. The dark cannot over power the light, unless the light no longer shines. 

As followers of Christ, we are the light.  The world is full of darkness, from poverty to war, hate to indifference, and everything in between.  We are called to enter this world and force the darkness to flee, so that others may come into and become lights as well. 

The funny thing about light is that when it shines on something, it also casts a shadow in the opposite direction.  When I began my journey to become a follower of Christ I had a huge shadow of darkness lingering behind me.  Doubts, fears, insecurities and beliefs that tore at me.  The closer I got to knowing Christ, the heavier and darker they became. 

Every person who is walking (or has walked) towards the light can tell you how the shadow feels at their back.  When we are out in the world, we must be weary of these shadows as well.  Don’t run from them, but acknowledge that they are there and they will become less of a burden for you. 

When we become part of the Body of Christ, we become part of the light.  The shadows that tore at us flee before the light of Christ, but I’d be lying if I told you that they no longer linger.  Yes, they are there, waiting for a moment of weakness, waiting for us to falter, but as we become one with the Body, we become surrounded by the light. 

The power of community is that when one of us falters, in that moment of weakness, there are others there, shining their light into our lives.  Instead of one flame dancing in the dark, like a single candle, the community that makes the Body of Christ is like a sea of flames, and darkness flees from it’s light. 

Light doesn’t create the shadows and the darkness cannot consume the light.  Next time you find yourself watching shadows dance across the ground, think about where your light is shining.

Just some thoughts…

God Bless and PEACE

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