When life gets stressful and filled with uncertainty, I tend to close myself off and go into “introvert mode”. Like a turtle slowly pulling itself into it’s shell, I isolate myself from having to make tough decisions or deal with things. It’s easy for others to recognize when this happens, because I disengage and don’t say a whole lot.
Unlike an actual turtle, this move is purely an emotional response. It’s me retreating into the darkness, trying to hide from things or people that I feel are threatening. The issue is that it puts the focus and attention on THE PROBLEM in the dark, instead of looking at it in the light.
“But if we walk in the light, God himself being the light, we also experience a shared life with one another, as the sacrificed blood of Jesus, God’s Son, purges all our sin.” 1 John 1:7 MSG
Rather than hiding or retreating into the darkness, God calls us to walk in the light, where we find strength and courage in Him to see things as they truly are. Our fears and worry may look like giants in the dark, but in God’s light, we see them as the shadows that they really are.
John reminds us that one of the results of “walking in the light” is “shared life with one another”, or what we might simply call friendship or “doing life together”. WE NEED EACH OTHER.
Whatever we call it, it’s an honest reminder that God doesn’t come to isolate us from each other but to bring us closer together as friends, family, and fellow travelers on the same journey of faith. When we walk in the light, we remember that we never walk alone.