The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

October 17, 2013

Encountering darkness, we don’t have to remain there

By Sarah Thompson, columnist
Enid News and Eagle

— I was born into a Christian famil, and was raised by loving Christian parents.

Despite this, I spent most of my life in darkness, hiding from God. I didn’t want to admit the hurts I had experienced had entangled me in bondage, or the guilt and shame I felt was keeping me there.

It was easier to avoid any type of intimacy with God. The cycle of fear, guilt, shame and depression was controlling my life.

I began to believe that things were never going to change. Then, as I turned toward the Light, hope began to fill my life. I discovered at the root of my dysfunction were past hurts I was holding onto.

As I gave them over to the Lord, I began to experience the freedom I had been longing for.

At some point in our lives, we have all found ourselves in darkness. We have stood there cowering, afraid to come into the light for fear we will be exposed for who we really are.

But we don’t have to be afraid. We can come to Christ in our dirtiest, filthiest rags, and He accepts us just as we are. It’s that kind of love that is calling us out of the darkness.

However, for love to do its transforming work, we must first be willing to bring our secret lives into the Light. It is there, in that place, we encounter the uncommon grace of God.   

“Everyone who does evil hates the light; and will not come into the Light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the Light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.” — John 3:20–21

In our lives we are going to encounter the darkness. But we don’t have to remain there. We must drag our issues into the Light, so we can experience the freedom that God offers.

Is there something you are keeping from God? Is there a hidden sin or hurt you are holding onto? Whatever it is, bring it before God and allow him to begin the healing process in your life.

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the Light of life.” — John 8:12



Follow Sarah Thompson, who is a social worker in the Enid area, on Facebook: www.facebook.com/godsuncommongrace or email her:   uncommongrace1@gmail.com