I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer remain in the dark.

John 12:46 (NLT)

When I was a kid, I had a fear. It’s a pretty common fear for children, so I don’t feel too ashamed sharing it with you. I was really, really afraid of the dark. I wasn’t so much afraid of the dark, but of what could be lurking in the dark. If I couldn’t see, then the unknown would take over my imagination. Every night, I had to sleep with a nightlight on in my room.

My older brother, always the helpful one, took it upon himself to help cure me of my fears, one night. He told me that he knew the secret to overcoming my fear of the dark. So, he led me back to my room, with a smile on his face. He had me take a seat on my bed. He removed the lightbulb from my ceiling light and the night light from the power outlet. With a wry grin, he then ran out of the room and slammed the door shut. It was pitch black. I freaked out. I was screaming, kicking at the door (which he was holding shut) and begging him to let me out. It was to no avail. He wasn’t going to open it.

After about 10 to 20 minutes, I eventually calmed down and realized that nothing bad was happening to me in the darkness. My fear and anxiety drifted away. I was OK. I knocked on the door and told my brother I was good. He let me out. I no longer required a nightlight.

In our day and age, darkness takes many different forms. However, Jesus, as He speaks in this verse, is talking about a spiritual darkness. This darkness causes us not to see clearly, to be consumed by evil thoughts and actions, to feel like we are stumbling through life, to have the character of God be obscured by the black. In short, we are spiritually blind and lost.

However, when we fix our eyes on Jesus, the brightest spiritual light in the universe, He destroys the darkness. No longer do we stumble around. No longer do we have a fear of the unknown. No longer is the character of God obscured from our vision. Instead, we see clearly. We have hope. We have direction. We have understanding. We have life. Instead of fear, we are consumed by the light of love.

Let the light of Christ pierce the veil of darkness that surrounds you. Let His light shine into your life each and every day.

Published by Chad Reisig

I am a husband, father, pastor, podcaster, and author. My calling is to create generations of Jesus-loving freaks of nature.

3 thoughts on “Nightlight

  1. I enjoyed how your brother helped you with your fear of the dark. Although a little to drastic for me. I get it.

    I use to be fearful of heights. I couldn’t step on a stool pass the third step before I would freak out.

    As a child I missed going on rides like rollercoasters, all because I was afraid of what would happen to me.

    When I got married it was my husband who helped me . He loves walking in the mountains. And so one time I decided to face my fear. We walked to the peek of this mountain. When we got to the top he held my hand as I looked over it. And it was then that I saw myself being set free from heights.

    From that day I now do rock climbing. I see that fear was of the devil. And that I had allowed his lies to keep me from so many things.

    It’s like I am a new person. I love my new adventures. All glory goes to God.

    Didn’t meant to make this comment so lengthy. God bless you and thanks for sharing.

    I pray more people will come and read your post. For they will be bless. As you stated we all have some type of fear.



    1. Thanks for the comment. The length is perfect!

      I completely hear you.

      I once went to a rock climbing camp with a kid who was afraid of heights. His parents made him go because they thought it’d cure him. Those first few days were sketchy to say the least. But, by the end of camp, he was rappelling down 500 ft cliffs!

      When we decide to work on conquering our fears is when growth happens. It’s the same with our spiritual walk. Fear keeps us from being who God created us to be.

      May you and your family be blessed!


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