“I wanna be in the Light,
As You are in the Light.
I wanna shine like the stars in the heavens.
Oh, Lord be my Light and be my salvation.
Cause all I want is to be in the Light.”
This past week for me has had its share of ups and downs but there has been one common theme throughout all of the events — darkness.
Back on Friday, June 6, my wife Carmen, my mother-in-law Linda, our friend Donnie and I visited Mammoth Cave National Park near Bowling Green.
We had arrived the day before to visit the National Corvette Museum and check out the rest of the city.
On Friday morning, we headed to the park for the 10 a.m. Historic Tour of Mammoth Cave.
A crowd of about 130 people gathered at a shelter before the tour began. We were greeted by one of the park rangers who gave us instructions and warnings about the two-mile walk we were about to embark on.
Then we made our way down a path to one of the cave entrances where the tour officially began.
At different points of the walk, the park ranger would stop us and tell us about different aspects of the cave’s history.
We learned about how the cave was formed, and how Native Americans used it for shelter many years ago.
Also along our walk, we came to some very unique obstacles. One was called the Fat Man’s Misery where we had to walk sideways to fit through a tight cave path.
Another path was called Tall Man’s Misery where we had to crouch and walk to avoid hitting our head on the cave walls.
It was a bit strenuous at some points but still a lot of fun and very entertaining.
One of the most interesting parts though was during one of the park ranger’s tour stops.
He turned out all the walkway lights and left us in complete darkness. At that point we were a few hundred feet below the ground so there was absolutely no light getting to us from outside.
The ranger told us to try and look around, and even wave our hands in front of our faces. We could not see anything.
It was pretty crazy how dark it was down in that cave. In no way could we have continued our journey in that condition.
But luckily the park ranger turned the lights back on for us so we could finish our tour.
Fast forward to this past Tuesday.
Unless you were living in Mammoth Cave, you probably noticed we had some severe storms in the Tri-County that evening.
I was here at the Times-Tribune office working the second shift so I heard all about the damage and problems the weather had created for everyone.
Then when I got back home that night, I realized I had problems of my own as the electricity to our house had been lost.
The next morning, the power was still not back on.
When I got back home from work Wednesday night, my wife and I were still in the dark.
It wasn’t until 6 p.m. Thursday evening that I learned from a neighbor we finally had our electricity restored.
Of course, we were very lucky to not have any real storm damage as that same neighbor unfortunately had a tree fall onto the side of his house.
But being without electricity for a couple of days surely gives you problems.
We had just gone to the grocery store a couple of days before, so things like our gallon of milk and ground beef had spoiled. For a guy who loves cereal and his wife’s chili recipe, this was disastrous.
Then there is the obvious problem of having to be in the dark. My wife lit a bunch of candles so we could just see to get from one room to the other.
Thankfully, we only had to deal with the power outage for a couple of days and didn’t have to encounter too many problems as a result of it.
This darkness I experienced through both of these events, though, is a lot like the darkness we experience without being in the light of Jesus Christ.
The darkness following the storms Tuesday left us stumbling around the house, and left things completely ruined.
The darkness down in the cave made it so difficult to walk we wouldn’t have known where to go.
If we don’t let the light of Jesus Christ into our lives, we will be forced to stumble around and let our lives go to ruin. We wouldn’t know which way to turn and would remain in darkness for all eternity.
John 8:12 says, “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”
Just like the park ranger helped light our path through the cave, we can follow the light of life known as Jesus to leave the darkness behind.
Brad Hall is the nighttime editor for the Times-Tribune. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit his blog at hallthingsconsidered.blogspot.com