Goodbye Darkness My Old Friend?

Imagine that you were sat at home at night (that’s probably not too hard at the moment) and all the lights in your house went out, what would you do? 

a. Turn your phone on and use the light, perhaps to find some candles to create more light?

or

b. Stumble around in the darkness?

This may seem like a no brainer unless of course you don’t have a phone! I don’t imagine that many of us would choose to live in the dark if we had the option of light!

Hello darkness my old friend?

This famous opening line from Simon and Garfunkel’s song ‘The Sound of Silence’ sounds incredibly depressing and in recent years it has been used as a meme to communicate despair. There is so much to be sad about as we look at the world, particularly as we are live with the Covid-19 Pandemic. We hear about death rates daily, people are feeling the loss of not being able to be with people they care about and the time when this is all behind us seems a very, very long way off.

When we are living with the sense of things being dark and we are spiralling towards despair, how do we cope?

Goodbye darkness my old friend?

Jesus said “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8.12)

As I was thinking about living in dark times, it struck me that we can either choose to focus on the darkness or to look to the light. God’s light will not remove the darkness but his presence with us will provide us with hope and comfort as we look for a way forward.

Night vision and the light

Many years ago I remember walking in the pitch black. My eyes had began to adjust and I could see around me to some extent, I was walking cautiously but I was managing to find my way along the path I was on. As I stumbled along, I became aware of a small  light moving towards me and I soon realized that someone with a torch was headed my way. As they were about to walk past, they raised their torch and shone it in my face and in that moment the light felt blinding! Once they had gone past I realized that the night vision that had developed was now completely gone and the darkness felt very uncomfortable again.

God has called us out of darkness

The Bible describes disciples of Jesus as people who have been ‘called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.’ (1 Peter 2.9)

If you are struggling with life and things feel dark then I want you to know that Jesus wants to offer you light and hope. As I prayed about this, this phrase came to me:

If your eyes are closed you are still living in the dark

How often do we close our eyes to the light of Jesus? His light will not help unless we open our eyes and focus on him.

What will we choose today, the darkness or Jesus as a friend?

A prayer:

Jesus, light of the world, sometimes this world feels like it’s a very dark place.
In these moments anxiety, we ask that you would help us as we open our eyes and look to your light.
Forgive us if we have become comfortable with the darkness,
help us to be willing to have the courage to let go of our despair, bitterness and pain
Thank you that you are with us offering friendship, healing and hope
May each of us receive your light afresh now and may your light bring transformation to our lives and the lives of those around us.
Amen.

Image Dmitry Ratushny Unsplash

About honestaboutmyfaith

Hi, my name is Graeme and I’m married to a very patient wife. We have 4 children, 2 rabbits, a terrapin (and not a lot of peace and quiet!). I’m a Regional Minister for the Eastern Baptist Association in the UK (the views expressed in this blog are my own) and I am especially interested in making Church accessible to people who have no church background and also in how we disciple people in order to equip them to live out their faith in the 21st Century.
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