Pastor Don Reigstad, Lincoln Evangelical Free Church
Why does darkness feel heavy? We’ve all had the experience. Those of us in the northern lands feel the “weight” of long winter nights. It can be oppressive, negatively affecting spirits and bodies. Many take extra Vitamin D to make up for the loss of light. SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) plagues some; we all feel the “weight” of the darkness.
Is it possible that darkness feels heavy because it simply is not light? I’m not just “playing with words” here. There’s a reason that light is called “light”. It is not heavy; it is light. Darkness is heavy because it is not light.
“God is light”, the Apostle John tells us. Jesus said, “I am the Light of the world.” He also said to his followers, “You are the light of the world.” Paul says, “You are all children of light, children of day.” This suggests to me that we are indeed “light”, and not “heavy”. Forgiveness has “lightened our load”. The heaviness of sin flees in the Light. So keep it “light” in your world. There’s enough heaviness and darkness. “Lighten up.”