Are you living in a cave?
Imagine camping in a cave for four days. No sunlight, no scenery, just dark damp rock. For four days.
No, I haven’t done it. But my friend has, and he told me what it was like resurfacing.
‘It’s a sensory overload! The colours are so bright, so beautiful…’
I know the feeling. When Spring finally arrives after many dark months and sunlight wakes you up instead of cloud – mmm, the relief is real.
In the cave
Being without God is like wandering around in the pitch black. We’re blinded, disoriented and panicked – as if we’re in that dark cave without a head torch (John 12:35).
Our souls crave the light of God.
But some people have only ever lived inside the cave, and so don’t realise they need the sun. They try to quench that feeling elsewhere by searching for glimmers in the darkness.
But they should be looking up.
Out of the cave
Meeting Jesus is a bit – a lot – like surfacing.
Seeing his brilliant, shining face is the sunlight our souls long for (Revelation 1:16). He is the true light of our world, giving light to everyone (John 1:9).
And when you finally step into his light, blinking away the shadows, feeling the warmth flood over you, you realise it’s what you needed all along: it’s the real life, clarity and colourful joy you were seeking.
For God who created the sun and said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.’ 2 Corinthians 4:6
In Jesus, God has soaked us in light – and this is way, way, way better than feeling the sun for the first time in four days.