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Afraid of the Dark...

Dear Friend,

When I was a little girl I used to be so afraid of the dark. I had an over active imagination, a love for scary movies and a gift of discernment (sensitivity) to the world around me. When you are immature you don't realize how these impact you, especially at night. I was brave most of the day, but at night i was often petrified of what would happen to me while I was asleep. I often went to bed late, I would be under the covers listening for what I thought was coming for me in the dark. This went on for years, even into my adulthood, until I realized I had power over the dark.

Won't you say many of us live our lives like this? Afraid of what's going to happen in the dark. I call them night terrors, things that we can't see, the things we think we have no control and so we allow them to control us with fear and worry. The unseen or invisible seems to take over our lives. How many of us have laid awake at night, anticipating all the wrong things that may happen to us tomorrow? Afraid of the "what if's", and instead of resting in the assurance of our truth, we allow the dark to over take our lives.

As i began to get older I had to realize the power of the dark had no authority over me. I overcame first, by leaving a light on. For some reason the light brought me the assurance of safety. As I began to get older I realized that the light, offered me the ability to see things around me, I began to sleep more and be comforted by the fact "the light was on". As an adult now, I don't need to sleep with the light on because I realized the power of what I needed lives inside of me, Jesus Christ.

Fear, worry and anxiety, just to name a few are "dark places", their goal is to consume us, overwhelm us, make us sleepless, agitated and irritated. They prey on the fact that we don't realize the "light" that lives within us. They grow in places, in which we haven't tapped into the light. As I began to grow in my relationship with Christ, I had to began to tap into two principle truth's; "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind (see 2 Timothy 1:7) and "He who dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide in the shadow of the almighty (see Psalms 91:1). These two turned on the "light" for me, they reminded me if I was fearful, scared anxious or worried that was NOT from God, and that if I ever felt that way, I had a secret place to go to.

My friend, the same is extended for you, you don't have to live in fear and worry of the dark, just turn on the light inside of you.

Burning the midnight oil,


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