Wayne Weekly “Alone In The Dark”
Written by Teddy on September 4, 2015
A number of years ago my wife, my family and I took a trip to Howe’s Cavern near Cobleskill, NY. This underground cavern was discovered by a farmer as he explored his neighbor’s property, wondering why his cows were attracted to the area. He and his neighbor eventually discovered what is now known as Howe’s Cavern. The cows enjoyed the cool draft coming up from well below the surface of the earth.
Now hundreds of people visit that cavern yearly. Our trip took us to an elevator that lowered down into “the bowels of the earth”. We carefully followed our tour guides instructions, eventually boarding a boat that would take us further into the caves via an underground river. At one point in our adventure, the tour guide switched all the tunnel lights off. There we were in pure, unadulterated darkness. What an experience that was, undergoing true zero visibility. Suddenly you were alone. As I experienced total darkness in that cool damp cavern, soon the novelty would wear off, I wanted light!
God’s Word describes places of punishment for angels an unredeemed man as a place of “outer darkness” and even “chains of darkness”. It is hard to know exactly what that may mean, but the word darkness was not carelessly used. We also see lightness and darkness used figuratively in other portions of Scripture as a synonym for good and evil.
As Christians, we are the “children of the day”. We’re to “let our light so shine” that people would see our good works and glorify our Father in Heaven. We’re to “walk in the light as He is in the light”.
Those who have never experienced forgiveness through Jesus Christ and His blood sacrifice, are walking in darkness, and without repentance of sin which leads to salvation, will experience eternal darkness, whatever that fully means. And I would dare speculate that being alone with oneself for eternity, is part of that darkness.
God, break my heart for those who are perishing. Give me a burden for souls. Help me to direct people to the light that shines forever.