John 1:3-5 // The Message (MSG)

3-5 Everything was created through him;
    nothing—not one thing!—
    came into being without him.
What came into existence was Life,
    and the Life was Light to live by.
The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness;
    the darkness couldn’t put it out.

For the last two days my devo has had the word "light" in it.  As I was wondering why i was so attracted to the word, my brain finally kicked in and said, “Oh Yeah!" I remembered!  This past weekend my friend took me spelunking - (the recreational pastime of exploring wild, generally non-commercial, cave systems). 

Preface this adventure with the knowledge that I am slightly claustrophobic and have slight        achluophobia (fear of darkness) so the anxiety is already high

We get to the location in the middle of Nowhere, OK. Don’t worry Mom, I made mental notes of every turn we took so that I could send out an SOS with location if need be. It takes a few minutes to find the cave entrance, since the landscape has grown since the last time my friend has been out here - very reassuring. Then there it is... a small opening with a brittle ancient trunk in front of it as if held open (barely) by this petrified log.  <insert self pep talk- Don’t be a pansy! You can do this! You will be fine- this is not how it ends!> we GO! 

Navigating sheepishly through the opening I made it! I’m in... now can i go back out?  Crawling through rocks with gloves, a backpack full of snacks (just in case we get stuck down here - don't wanna be hangry) and a “15 pound” Maglite™ in one hand is not the ideal spelunking situation. Then I hear it.... a high pitched hissssss.. Intermittently ....brain goes to worse possible scenario - Snake! - RATTLESNAKE!!

I express my concern about the ensuing danger only to have it stunted by his disbelief in my snake theory. He assures me it is only one of the hundreds of bats in the cave with us. (ya... a bat with a lisp and rattle tail). He urges me on down into the depths of the cave encouraging every step into my sure doom.  Getting to more level ground was a relief.  We make our way winding around the gentle corners of the cave until the entrance is no longer visible.  We reach our targeted spot and he asks for my flashlight, and trustingly I hand it over. With a few simple touches of a button out goes the lights.... Nothingness. 

No light can be seen. Frantically waving my hands in front of my face, I realize just how dark it is. Utter darkness. Then my brain starts trying to make images in the dark and waving my hands in front of me is the only way I know that those little false lines of dark blue light are just figments of my imagination and wishful thinking of my cerebral cortex. My friend announces that THIS is light appreciation time. I don’t know if I've ever appreciated light until now! I have never fully experienced the darkness like this. The lostness I felt in unfamiliar territory, no longer sure of my surroundings or the ground I stood on - I was helpless.

That’s how we are when Christ finds us- lost, immobilized, and afraid. Whether we know it or not we are all walking around in a dark cave. Some have found a light, some are without. The Light we have can attract those who are stumbling around in the darkness. While Christ IS the Light of the world, We have THE Light of the world living inside of us.  Let the LIFE LIGHT shine in your life showing people the way. Not shinning it in there faces -where they are just as immobile as they were in the dark- but highlighting the route we are to take until we make it to the exit.

Amanda Baker grew up in western Oklahoma. She graduated Elk City High School in 2001 and went on to get a Bachelor's degree in Church Ministry from SAGU in 2005. She has been pastoring youth and young adults for the last 10 years in Elk City where she is on staff at The Link Church.  She has recently got engaged (to a super hot stud of a man) and has one fur-child, a miniature Australian Shepherd, named Beulah. 

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