September 29, 2019

“For you light my lamp; the Lord my God illumines my darkness.” – Psalm 18:28

The fear of the dark is common among children and, to a varying degree, adults. But that fear is usually not simply the fear of darkness itself, but a fear of possible or imagined dangers concealed by darkness. Here’s an example:

She had been driven crazy by her energetic children and just needed to get away, if even for just a moment. She ran upstairs to her daughter’s bedroom and closed the closet door behind her. And there, in the solitude of the closet she cleansed her mind by letting out a long, loud scream. She immediately felt better and opened the door to leave. Blocking her exit, with eyes the size of saucers, were her three children. Her four-year-old daughter spoke first: “Mommy, I told you there were monsters in there.”

While this might be a humorous moment, the truth is children and adults fear the dark (or the unknown) for the same reason: our fears are intensified when we cannot see what is really before us.

Listen to these words from the Psalmist: “Where can I go from Your spirit? Where can I flee Your presence? If I go up to the heavens, You are there. If I make my bed in the depths, You are there. If I rise on the wings of dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there Your hand will guide me, Your right hand will hold me fast” (Psalm 139: 7-10).

Like a loving father, God promises that He’ll always be with us. He’s there to offer His hand to cling to during life’s darkest hours. He’s a light that will always guide us through the darkness, never leaving our side. So, don’t be afraid of the unknown; allow God to light your way and lead you to where you need to go.