This week we were exploring "God is Light". We spent over an hour on 3 verses--power packed verses. I remembered a story I had not thought about for a few years while we were discussing God being light-
A few years ago on one of my travel adventures, we went on a cave tour. I am not a big fan of caves, but as long as there is light I am able to tolerate the claustrophobic feeling. We walked down into that cave for what seemed like an eternity. Thankfully the path was well illuminated, but there was no doubt that you were going deeper and deeper into the bowels of the earth. The guide had the large group stop in an open chamber and then proceeded to turn off the lights--with warning. I cannot tell you how disoriented I quickly became. You could not see your hand in front of your face. If you have ever been deeply underwater, you have experienced the loss of what is up and where is down. It was very similar--but there is also absolutely not even one small shadow of light. I could not tell there was anyone in the cave with me. Alone and disconnected, I was extremely agitated. This is what I often refer to as "Out of Body" experience. I do not feel connected anymore. I need the light!
As a response to the complete darkness, your pupils begin to dilate to allow more light to enter your eye. When there is no light, they become completely dilated--in search of the light-for you see to be able to see--we need the light. And then--BAM! there is light. We were blinded by the sudden brightness with fully dilated pupils. Our eyes were now flooded with the rush of rays of light and we were temporarily blinded by the brightness until our pupils returned to normal. Our eyes need light to function correctly and without the light we are blind.
We are also disoriented as we travel through this world without the light of God in our lives. We are groping around in the dark--searching for the hope that only He can supply. Often we head in the wrong direction in our search and suffer the consequences of stumbling upon a dead end. His light is so sufficient--so perfect--that we are unable to stand in the presence of His light-looking upon His full glory. We are only able to see glimpses of His fullness and perfection--the radiance of His majesty. But OH--the glory of His Light and how desperately we need Him to light our way.
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.
I John 1:5