There I stood at the entrance of the dark cave with my daughter. My young son had already decided that he would have no part of it. I’ll admit, I understood his refusal. My heart was racing at the thought of entering the unknown. I looked as far as I could, but all I could see was darkness. Was there a bear? Mountain Lion? A crazy person with an ax?
I took the first unsure steps. My daughter didn’t have any hesitations what so ever.
Then, I saw it. It was a little glimmer of light at the end of the cave.
That little light changed my whole perspective-instantly. I suddenly had a sense of peace and hope…
Looking into that dark cave, reminded of a time past when I was 14 years old. I was sleeping over a friend’s house, and all was well until her drunk dad came in unexpectedly and started to beat the tar out of her right in front of me. Turning to me harshly, He told me I had to leave. Did I mention that it was 3 am. in the morning, and they lived over a bar.
The only ride I could find home was from a drunk lady. She drove me 30 miles outside of town to my house, which was located in a trail park that was over a mile down a hill from the highway.
I expected her to drop me off closer to my house. But instead, she dropped me off at the top by the highway.
As far as I could see, there was only black and darkness. As I begin to walk down the hill, I took slow baby steps trying not to trip over any rocks. I cried off and on the whole way thinking of all the possible things that could go wrong.
Then, I saw it! It was a glimmer of light coming from the trailer park laundromat.
Not wanting to cause drama at home, I decided to sleep curled up on the floor by the washing machine. I was afraid and lost that night and a light in the distance was the only thing that brought me hope.
Jesus said that He is the light of the world…
“I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” John 8:12
A glimmer of light in darkness will blaze…
“You are the light of the world…like a city on a mountain, glowing in the night for all to see”. Matt. 5:14
In both of these situations, a glimmer of light brought me hope. I found the reassurance that I could somehow make it through the obstacle I was facing.
Life can often feel like that cave or dark road: dark and full of unknowns. And taking that next step can seem impossible; however, the reassurance of hope makes those next crucial steps possible.
Darkness of the unknown can overwhelm. But the light of Jesus brings hope.
I didn’t know Jesus that night I sleep on the cold floor. But, I take great confidence in knowing He knew me.
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