I hate to sleep in total darkness. There are reasons behind this fear—things that have happened in my past that cause me to seek the light if I wake up in the middle of the night.

A few years ago, my apartment building lost power right before I went to sleep. I picked up the phone and dialed my mom in a panic. I couldn’t see a foot in front of myself due to the pitch black. My heart pounded in my chest as the back of my neck became slick with sweat. All these images from my past flooded my mind, sending me into a tailspin of panic and fear.

My mom answered her phone and instantly heard the anxiety in my voice. She spoke calmly and reminded me that I had candles that I had purchased for occasions such as this. Her soft encouragement and direction relaxed my tense shoulders, and I was released from my fear.

I lit a candle and placed it on the nightstand next to my bed. I reassured my mom that I was okay and would be fine until the power came back on. She made me promise to call her if I got scared again. After we hung up, I went to bed and turned so that I could see the flame of the candle. It sent flickering light around my room, and my breathing became clam, and eventually, I fell asleep.

The light from the candle isn’t the light that I found in that dark room so many nights ago; it was the light from my mother’s soft words. As I sat in complete darkness, her voice brought lit into that blackened room. She offered guidance and understanding even though my fear would have seemed silly to anyone else.

We live in a darkened world where shadows are being cast all around us. The news offers more horrors each night, and the entertainment on television only perverts the values we hold true. But, there is light in this darkness. God is always near to whisper encouragement and guidance in our lives. He can speak to your heart, or sometimes he may use a friend—or even your mother to comfort you when you’re surrounded by the darkness.  Hold on to those slivers of light to help guide you back to God’s intended light for your life.

John 1:5

And the Light shines on in the darkness, for the darkness has never overpowered it.

There is always light to be found, you just have to know where to look for it.

Janie Winsell

Janie Winsell

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, "plans to prosper and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”