During our "Cave Quest" Vacation Bible School, our sanctuary, fellowship hall, and pretty much our entire church property was transformed into a cave! Spending a week in that cave has got me thinking a lot about one thing recently; darkness. While it has been pretty dark in church this past week, our church fellowship hall certainly isn’t the darkest place I’ve ever been.
The most intense darkness I’ve ever experienced was probably when I was in college. Our college band was on tour in Kentucky and, on the one day off of our tour, we visited Mammoth Cave National Park. Mammoth Cave is the longest known system of caves in the entire world!
There’s a famous activity which is often done when you take a cave tour at Mammoth Cave National Park. The leader brings you into a large cavern and then turns off the lights. At that point, it is so dark that you can’t even see your hand if you put it directly in front of your face! After sitting for a moment in complete darkness, the tour leader then strikes a match; a tiny little match in the midst of great, cavernous darkness. But amazingly, that one little match lights up the entire cavern! It’s really an amazing feat!
We live in a time of intense, cavernous darkness; recent events in Orlando and Turkey certainly reaffirm that notion. Our world is full of hatred, fear, despair, and anxiety. People are in search of meaning and truth and can’t see it even when it’s right in front of their faces.
That means that you and I have a job to do. It’s our job to allow the light of Christ to shine through us! It’s our job to be the voice of the truth in a world that seems void of truth. It’s our job to show love in the midst hate. It’s our job to show joy in the midst of despair. It’s our job to show the peace of Jesus in the midst of fear.
You might not feel like you can make much of a difference in this world. But, as a tiny little match can light up an immense cave, the light of Christ can do great things in this world, even through little people like us.
May you make it your goal to let the light of Christ shine through you every day, and may you all have a blessed summer!