What would you think if you saw a sign on a closed door that said, “Do not open! All the dark will leak out.”? I don’t know about you, but it would give me the creeps.
Darkness reminds me of Bela Lugosi (Count Dracula 1933) and his scary, glowing eyes, and gives the feeling that something or someone is behind me ready to harm me. As a matter of fact, thinking about darkness and the unknown literally raises the hair on the back of my neck. I’d certainly steer clear of a room with a sign like that.
Let’s imagine we humans are rooms. Our room holds our emotions, past experiences, our thoughts and hopes….our very essence. Nobody can see into our room because we have the door shut. We choose where, when and to whom we open it. When we do open the door, something leaks out to reveal what is behind our door.
If we keep our room dark, it confines and hinders our growth. We can’t see ahead of us, so we’re slow to find our way to where we want or need to go. Because light is illuminating, it shows us things about ourselves and where we are going.
Sometimes it’s easier to leave the light off and keep it dark. Because when the light is on, it reveals what is in our room. Depending on how much dirt and clutter we have allowed to accumulate, we may have to clean it up. Of course, once we have order, and it’s clean, it won’t stay clean. It takes effort – regular vacuuming and dusting (positive habits and thoughts) to maintain a nice environment. A clean room with the right amount of light makes you feel warm and cozy. We have choices about the kind and the amount of light we allow in our room – open the drapes or turn on a light.
I know we have days when we’d rather live in the dark. In that case, if we happen to open our door, the dark leaks out. The cold and dark often turn people away. When someone finds themselves in the darkness, they get hurt unexpectedly because now they can’t see and stumble or kick something- stubbing their toe, or they fall and get hurt.
Think about what happens when we turn the light on. When we open our door, light leaks out. Light is warm and inviting. It entices people to come close, especially if it’s cold and dark outside our door. It gives people a feeling of hope. If you were to tape a sign on your “door”, what would it say?
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him
all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In
him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light
shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:1-5