I've been thinking about that rat in my shed (earlier post). His nest was behind boards in the darkest corner. When the lights came on he ran. Why did he like the darkness? Because he was a thief! Taking trinkets he could find to make a nest & scrounging food from wherever he could find it.
"I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness."
Why do some like the darkness? We've all been there. The good news is it doesn't matter how long you've been in the darkness or how dark it was, if you're ready to get out Jesus says He is the answer. Do you believe that?
A few months ago a group from church, 3 men & 3 women, were at the Middleton prison unit to help with the worship gathering. After it was over we were standing up getting ready to leave when the lights went out. It was dark. Needless to say there was a moment or two of uneasiness. After all, we were in a gym with 200 men who had done things to scare people & now people are afraid of them. What happened next was startling. It was loud & so coordinated that you would have thought they planned it. All at once the men erupted in singing "Amazing Grace"! Now, remember where we were. The state of Texas has said these men are a threat to society and they've been put behind these walls thinking something may change them. Well something is changing them. Only through the love of Jesus could this have happened.
The ironic thing is that these men used to take advantage of the dark to get away with evil. (Just like we all have on occasion.) But not anymore. They know that Jesus is the son of the God of 2nd chances.