As a child, were you afraid of the dark? Have you ever feared what is to come once you close your eyes forever?
For most of us, my guess is, the answer to both is yes.
Fear takes many forms, all of them dark.
Easter is just around the corner, reminding us that we need not remain enshrouded in the darkness of fear. Regarding this life or the next.
This Easter, Hollywood is releasing a movie based on the bestselling book Heaven Is For Real, another reminder of this shining truth.
The film stars Academy Award® nominee and Emmy® award winning actor Greg Kinnear as Todd Burpo and co-stars Kelly Reilly as Sonja Burpo, the real-life couple whose son Colton (newcomer Connor Corum) claims to have visited Heaven during a near death experience. Colton recounts the details of his amazing journey with childlike innocence and speaks matter-of-factly about things that happened before his birth… things he couldn’t possibly know.
In chapter 18 of the book, Todd Burpo describes a conversation he had with his son. Here’s an excerpt:
Suddenly serious, Colton scowled at me. “It doesn’t get dark in Heaven, Dad. Who told you that?”
I held my ground. “What do you mean it doesn’t get dark?”
“God and Jesus light up Heaven. It never gets dark. It’s always bright”
Amazing. Revelation 21:23 in the words of a four-year-old boy who, apparently, saw this first-hand.
Well, okay. If we follow God, we don’t need to fear the dark once we close our eyes for the last time. But what about now?
The Bible teaches that God has not given us a spirit of fear. Instead, He gave us its remedy. Jesus, the lamp of heaven, said:
“I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” John 8:12 (NKJV)
This doesn’t mean darkness will never creep into our lives, but Jesus is there to “light it up”. The only question is, will we let him?
Shed your light by commenting below.
How do you overcome fear?
Have you read Heaven Is For Real? Share your thoughts