I spend a lot of time thinking in the middle of the night these days. When 3 or 4 am rolls around and my little girl gets hungry, it seems that all there is to do is sit in my thoughts, plan the next day, and when I start to get really sleepy, turn on Friends.

Becoming a parent has made me extra conscious of my schedule. Every day, I need to make time for work, for this blog, for cleaning, and of course, that is all intermingled with keeping my tiny human alive and happy.

One night I was up stumbling around, getting all my supplies together for the middle of the night time and thinking, wow, my house is pretty clean! I can just do a quick tidy tomorrow and cross a major clean off my list!

It was a good thought.

The next morning I woke up to find that my perception the night before had been impeded by one thing: darkness. Everything was a little hidden. It was less obvious because light did not cover it.

There was messiness right in front of me. Messiness that I couldn’t see, and quite frankly, it was messiness that I didn’t want to see.

You see there is a big difference between walking in the light and walking in darkness. When we walk around in darkness, we can’t see the chaos around us, though if we put much thought to it, we would know it exists. When we walk in darkness, we can forget the work that needs to be done to fix that chaos. And when we walk in the light, our chaos is illuminated. It stares us in the face and reminds us that we don’t have it all together. That something is standing in our way.

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This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice 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 cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

(1 John 1:5–10 ESV)

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My mess was impending. It was there whether or not I wanted it to be. When it was hidden from me, I was deceived. The fact that I didn’t see it or didn’t want it to be there changed nothing. The mess was the problem; the darkness was the means.

The same goes for sin.

We know that all have sinned. We know that we fall short of the glory of God. We know we are born into it. We know it is crouching at our door. We know that darkness makes it easy for us to live amongst that sin.

So how do we get out?

According to 1 John, we walk out of the darkness and into theIMG_1730.PNG light. To do that, we have to know the difference. We have to have…

…the correct view of darkness.

First, we know that darkness is the lack of light. 

When the sun falls below the skyline, darkness sets in. There is no device that can create darkness in a room. There is no way we can achieve darkness on its own. Darkness is defined by light.

When God created the world and all that is in it, He defined it as good. It was his design. It was filled with light.

Then humans brought sin into the world. We took away the goodness.

And in comes the darkness.

Darkness happens when the light doesn’t exist. It creeps in and hides what is obvious. It disguises imminent sin. It makes us forget that there is a problem with our messiness.

My high school friend group loved to play sardines in the dark. You know, the game where one person hides and everyone tries to find them? Once you find the hidden person, you hide, too, playing until the last person finds everyone. We rarely ever played during the day time–only at night. Only when hiding was the easiest.

And so it is with our sin. We can live openly in our sin when we live in darkness. We can hide behind the lack of light. We can pretend that it isn’t a problem.

…the correct view of light.

But the light does exist. Though we cannot see it, its effects are all over our lives. When scripture talks about darkness, it does it in light of The Light.

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:5

To open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’ Acts 26:18

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12

The light is Jesus. He was there in the garden when God proclaimed His creation and children were good. When Adam and Eve and the serpent took away that goodness and darkness set in, Jesus knew that was not the end. He would come back to illuminate the darkness. And that He did.

His Gospel changes our reality. God’s Son came to earth as both fully human and fully God. He lived a perfect, sin-free life. He walked the ground sharing about God’s plan to rescue people from the wages of sin. He freely gave His life as the atonement, the sacrifice, needed to pay those wages. Then He rose, defeating death and darkness that we might have new life.

He is the light that the darkness cannot defeat. When we walk alongside Him, when we live our lives in light of Him, we bask in the light.

We can see our messes and clean them up.

We can see our pain and run to Him.

We don’t have to trip on the crouching sin.

We don’t have to hide anymore.

More than that, we can be honest about the chaos that lives around us. We can tell others about our mess because we can see it clearly. And guess what? We cannot see it clearly because we are good enough, because we are worthy enough. We can see it because One who is has illuminated it.

Walking in the light means being honest about our sin. It means recognizing that we are not capable of anything without Jesus. It means that instead of tripping and falling because of our disarray, we stop and remove it. We pick up temptation and put it behind us.

So walk in light, brothers and sisters. Walk in light of the Gospel. Walk with Jesus as your guide, igniting a fire within you that you might see everything more clearly.

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