Flipping the Switch on Darkness

Flipping the Switch on Darkness

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Several years ago, my husband and I toured some caverns in the state of Virginia. The stalactites and stalagmites were impressive, and the constant dripping of water told the story of how these rock columns were formed. When all the tourists were in place, the park ranger told everyone to be perfectly still. He turned out the light and the darkness that pervaded the space was as thick as tar. The inky fingers of fear choked the breath from my body. Nothing could be seen, not even my hand one inch from my face. After a few moments, the guide clicked on multi-colored lights that had been strategically placed inside the cave and the moist cavern walls reflected the light like a rainbow.  Sighs of relief were heard through the group as the the cave was illuminated once again. The thought shot through my mind that if the lights hadn’t worked we would be stuck in this hole in the ground.

But there is another kind of darkness we all experience at one time or another in our spiritual lives and that is condemnation and guilt. When guilt weighs us down, we can feel like we are in a dark cave with no hope of finding light again. Hopelessness and depression are anchors holding us captive to the pain of past sins and failures.

Because humans were not created to like darkness, we try to avoid the absence of light unless we are trying to hide. Sin causes us to want to shun anything that exposes bad deeds, but those acts also bring blackness to the soul. The God-shaped void will always drive a person toward a solution to get out of the pain caused by disobeying Him and addictions can be the result. Poor choices lead to more darkness rather than the sought-after relief.

The answer for this darkness is the light switch of the Word of God. He tells us “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light for my path” (Psalm 119:105 NIV). When we meditate on what God says about us and ignore condemning thoughts, a rainbow of hope shines on our hearts and the heaviness of condemnation is lifted.

When we are in a dark room even a pin hole of light can lead us to the way out. Once we have found the door, we can let in more light. Likewise, the more of the Word of God we put into our minds, the more we walk out of the darkness that plagues us and we are released out of the prison. The key to staying out of the hole of guilt is to stay armed with God’s light.

Condemnation and guilt were buried in a dark cavern with Jesus. Our part is to leave them buried there and remember that resurrection made light win over darkness.  The solution is to flip the switch.




Barbara Latta About Barbara Latta

Barbara Latta’s desire is to help others find intimacy with God through a deeper understanding of the power of the Word. She writes a monthly column in her local newspaper and contributes to devotional websites and several anthologies. Her first book, God's Maps, Stories of Inspiration and Direction for Motorcycle Riders was released in March, 2018 and is available at Amazon. She serves as Chaplain for the Word Weavers Madison, Georgia chapter. Barbara posts on her blog.


  1. A beautiful picture of life with Jesus. Thank you.

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