, Corbin, KY

November 25, 2013

Out of the darkness and into the light, Corbin, KY

CORBIN — Back in mid-August, I went camping with my wife, Carmen, my mother-in-law, Linda, and our friend Donnie.

We rented a spot at a campground here in Corbin next to the Laurel Lake.

It wasn’t really far away from home but far enough to get away from the hustle and the bustle for a few days.

We drove up there on a Friday afternoon and came back early Sunday morning.

During the afternoon and evening time Friday, we mostly just relaxed and hung out around the campsite. We grilled some hot dogs, and just enjoyed the scenery.

During the day on Saturday, we took a short hike around the lake, and then came back to enjoy some more grilled food.

At nighttime we did our best to get a campfire going even though some rain got a lot of our firewood damp. But we were still able to roast a few marshmallows to make some smores.

These activities were all a part of some laidback fun that helped us get our minds off of things like work and bills.

The only tricky part of the weekend came when we were ready to go to sleep.

Before we crammed ourselves in our tent, we would make the walk to the bathhouse to wash up and brush our teeth.

The bathhouse wasn’t too far away from our particular campsite but it was a short walk that had you winding in and around other campsites and up a small hill.

Since the campground was mostly primitive, there was no light around until you got back out to the roads.

So if we didn’t have flashlights, the short walk would have become a scary adventure in the woods of the Laurel Lake campground.

Luckily we did have flashlights so it was never much of a problem.

There was this one trip Carmen and I made one of the nights where we turned the flashlights off for a second just to see how dark it was.

And just as I figured, it was pitch black. I couldn’t even see my hand waving in front of me.

It was during that very instant when I realized how lost I would be without a light. Which also reminded me how lost I would be if I wasn’t in the light of God.

John 11:10 is a verse that applies to this scenario perfectly.

It says, “But if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.”

I certainly would have stumbled walking around that campground at night if it was not for a flashlight. I might have taken the wrong paths and gotten myself completely lost.

Likewise, I would stumble in my Christian walk and be completely lost if I was not in the light of Jesus Christ.

John 8:12 says, “Again Jesus spoke to them, saying ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’”

When I don’t let Jesus be my light, I end up walking in darkness. It completely takes over and I end up in a scary place.

But thankfully I have accepted Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior. I don’t have to stumble around wondering what I should do next. I let God be my light so I’m always on the path that is best for me and glorifies His name.

So when you feel lost in the darkness at a campground, a flashlight will light your path. And when you feel lost in the darkness of life, God will light your path.

Brad Hall is the nighttime editor for the Times-Tribune. He can be reached at You can also visit his blog at