Afraid of the Light?

Posted by: Bridgett.

“The baby bat

Screamed out in fright,

‘Turn on the dark,

I’m afraid of the light.”

                   ― Shel Silverstein

Have you ever been afraid of the dark?

I think most of us have, at least sometime during childhood. Many kids I’ve known feel they must have a closet light, night light, or hallway light on to even have a chance of closing their eyes and falling asleep.

Understandable. After all, darkness hides or distorts the true nature of the things around us. A pair of jeans on a chair morphs into a monster. A robe on a peg suddenly resembles that sheet-clad ghost on Scooby Doo. And if it’s really dark, who knows what may be lying in wait under the bed?

But have you ever known someone who was afraid of the light? 

When I was little, for most of my first five years, in fact, I couldn’t sleep with a nightlight. That frightened me more than total darkness. You see, the shadows it created on my bedroom walls gave me nightmares.

Again, understandable, however…

“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”― Plato

Why on earth would anyone fear light?

To understand this, let’s look at what light does.

While darkness camouflages or conceals, light reveals in stark clarity the truth behind the shadows. That monster on the chair is not only shown to be a pair of jeans, but ones with grass stains and grime on the knees. The unknown things hiding under the bed turn out to be the thousand dust particles in need of vacuuming and all the toys and dirty laundry we’ve shoved under there to make the room appear clean. Then, there are all the things we don’t want want to admit we know are lurking in the shadows–we we don’t really want to see.

Sometimes, people fear the light because humans naturally have an aversion to those things we do not understand.

And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. (“comprehend” is translated “overcome” in some versions.) —john 1:5 (NKJV)

Perhaps the fear stems from something worse, something deeper. An aversion to change or a refusal to embrace what is right.

…the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. —John 3:19-20 (NKJV)

The thing is, without light, we’ll never see where we’re going. We’ll inevitably stumble, trip over something nasty, run into all sorts of painful obstacles, and finally fall.

However embarrassing, difficult, scary, or inconvenient it may seem at first, it is always better in the end to walk in the light.

Your turn to Shed Your Light below…

What do you think? What are some reasons people you’ve known avoid the truth of God’s light?

About the author:

Bridgett's promo2Bridgett Powers has defied the limitations of impaired vision and overcome a 21-year battle against chronic pain, all of which taught her a profound truth. God shines brightest through cracked lanterns.

Now, she shares that truth through her fantasy novels, picture book, and short stories. A member of ACFW and MyBookTherapy, she also serves as co-leader and writing coach for her writer’s group, operates a proofreading and editing service, and teaches writing workshops.

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About Bridgett

fantasy novelist ~ picture book and short story author ~ freelance editor ~ writing coach

2 thoughts on “Afraid of the Light?

  1. Rebecca says:

    Sometimes people get comfortable in the darkness. It’s been dark for so long, that anything else seems frightening. Other times, the truth that the light reveals hurts, and even though it needs to be faced, people don’t always know where to begin to make the necessary changes or have the help they need.

  2. Amy Brekke says:

    They don’t understand it. Religious condemnation keeps them in bondage to the darkness. However, the light still intrigues them, they just don’t feel they deserve it.

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