Growing up, I was terrified of the dark. I remember having so many night lights on that it would have made more sense just to leave on the lights. I have an unusual living situation; I am living alone in the house I grew up in as a child. Still, to this day, I am convinced that a witch is living in the dark corner of my crawl space, and when I turn the lights off in the basement, I do not take my time going up the stairs. These thoughts and fears are so typical for young children, and apparently someone in their mid-20’s. I want you to think for a second, “Why is this?” In the darkness, we cannot see what is around us. As a child, we often think of monsters roaming around in the dark. We do not feel safe. If we cannot see what is around us, how are we supposed to protect ourselves? So, what do we do when we are feeling unsafe in the darkness? We simply turn on a light.
In John 8:12, we see Jesus making the statement, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” What Jesus is saying here is, “Listen, if you follow me, you no longer will have to walk in fear of the unknown. As long as you stay with me and on my path, I will protect you and care for you.”
I do not know about you, but the idea of the Son of God being the One who protects me sounds way safer than a night light. Like many things, this protection does come at a price. The only thing Jesus is asking for here is for you to simply follow Him. If we follow Him, we no longer have to worry about this darkness that is in the world because He will make the darkness run and hide. I never understood how someone could feel safe in the world in which we are living. It is a scary place when you sit back and look at it. It has become a place where most parents will not even let their children walk down the street to play with their friends anymore, and I cannot blame them one bit. We need protection from this darkness because there is only so much we can do on our own. We need the One who will drown out the darkness and cover it with His light. We need to start following this Light.