Inspired by Galatians 2:20-21: “I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So the life I now live in the body, I live because of the faithfulness of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not set aside God’s grace, because if righteousness could come through the law, then Christ died for nothing!” [New English Translation]
When she awakens, she can see a single spark of light in the distance. She follows it until she can see that it is a small, but quaint pond. Surrounding the pond, there is the most curious of sights. It seems like there are several clusters of other individuals that closely resemble herself, gathering beside it. Perhaps one of them might know what happened to me, and be able to help me find my way back? She thinks to herself.
“Foolish child, I am right here! Besides, you don’t even know what they are, and they won’t be able to help you like I can,” warns the Sunshine, in distress. But she does not heed this warning, -in fact she does not even hear it- and sprints toward the pond as fast as her legs can carry her.
Alas, she should have heeded the warning. She soon learns that although she sees the pond clearly from a distance, she cannot go to it herself. A moment before she would have made it to the pond, she runs right into what feels like a steel wall. She looks up, but nothing is there. Stubborn as she is, she attempts to go through to the pond, once more. But, to no avail. There must be some sort of invisible Barrier between me and the pond, she thinks to herself. After many tries at breaching the invisible Barrier, she finally admits defeat. Alas she must remain in the Blackness once more. This time, however, she is hopeful because something has appeared in the Blackness for the first time, and she has found the Something that she has been searching for.
Questions to Ponder: What has been a glimmer of hope in your dark times? What role do friendships and connections with others play when you find yourself in the darkness?