There is a childish fear within every kid that comes out at night. In fact, when we think of the word “scared,” the usual immediate thought is “scared of the dark.” Partly, it’s a fear of the unknown, the things we can’t see. But more so, it’s a fear of the “made-up” within the unknown. Kids minds start to wander and imagine things that probably aren’t even there. The monster under the bed. The boogey-man in the closet. Sometimes, they use their limited vision to alter the world around them. The coat rack in the corner, becomes a person lying in wait. The wind through the tree outside the window, becomes a bad-guy scratching the window. And so, as parents, we plug in night lights. The light helps them see the truth. When we turn on the light, we can then show them, that there is nothing in the closet or under the bed.
But, is this childish thinking, limited to children in bed at night? How often do we, as adults, fear and worry about the unknown? The rumor of cuts within your job. The wonder of if you’re doing parenting right? Determining the thoughts of someone else, based solely on a “look” you thought they gave you.
You see, just like kids, we too are “afraid of the dark.” Partly, its a fear of the unknown. But more so, its a fear of the “made-up” within the unknown. As adults, we need to be just as prepared (if not more so), and plug in our night Light.
Night lights weren’t made for the day. During the day, we can see! The light of the sun illuminates the dark around us. But at night, in the darkest of times, a night light can light up the world around you.
So the same with Christ. Psalms 27:1 says, “The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear?” The light of the Son in you illuminates the darkness around you.
Don’t be afraid of the unknown. The Lord has not given you a spirit of fear, but of a sound mind. Don’t allow your mind to wander about the made-up things, the imagined things. Instead, turn on your night Light! And “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about these things.” (Phil. 4:8)
Choose today to turn on your night Light.