Into a Marvelous Light
Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico go deep into the earth and are illuminated with electric lights to show God’s creation. We were on a trail protected with railings so we wouldn’t fall into the depths or go off the lighted path. It was amazing to see the beauty of the cavern with the stalagmites and stalactites. Our guide told us about “total and absolute darkness,” which we really didn’t understand. He said, “Please stand still, and everyone extinguish all your lights.” In an instant, our bodies vanished! We couldn’t even see our hands in front of us. Was this “total darkness?” We didn’t want to walk even a step in fear of walking off the path into the depths of darkness.
In the beginning darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. In Genesis 1:1-3, we listen as God says, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and He separated the light from the darkness.
As we were standing there in the total darkness of Carlsbad Caverns, a match was lit, it’s light shining like a beacon in that cave, and we could see our ghostly features again. “This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine.” I really wanted it to shine that day in the cavern. When the flashlights and lights came on it was blinding for a few minutes until our eyes adjusted. The dark was no more! When we close our eyes it is dark, or when we go to bed and turn off the lights we want it to be dark…
In our Sunday School classes and Bible classes, we were told, “Don’t hide your light under a bushel basket, let it shine. Let it shine brightly to illuminate your path during your earthly journey. God will walk with you to help you stay on the path. He will illuminate your path so brightly that others will want to walk with you.”
When we are in a dark and threatening place in life, when we feel alone, know that we are not alone but that God is with us. “His rod and His staff they comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4) Yes, God is with you even in the darkest reaches of your cave. “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light unto my path.” (Psalm 119:105) Don’t turn off your light that leads to eternal life. Be like David and let God light your path. Follow God’s revealing light.
“Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and He separated the light from darkness. Let your light shine so that others might see the path to heaven.