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Finding light in the darkness

When it gets dark, it becomes difficult to see. It takes a while before our eyes adjust to the darkness. Some researchers state that it can take up to 30 to 45 minutes for 80% dark adaptation and up to several hours until our eyes have fully adjusted to the darkness. Which means that we were naturally not built for constant exposure to or living in darkness. In fact, studies have shown that our eyes adapt to bright light much faster than they adapt to darkness.

Then it should not come as a surprise that darkness makes many of us uncomfortable or even fearful. Have you ever heard someone say that they were afraid of the light? Except for the vampires in fictional movies maybe, you will most likely not have come across anybody like that. And one of the reasons for that is that darkness serves as the perfect platform for everything that should be hidden. Things you wouldn't want anyone to see, things you would prefer kept in secret. Light is very different from darkness. It is associated with illumination, warmth, and brightness. In conclusion, does that mean that darkness is everything that is bad? Not necessarily. It often takes the consciousness of darkness to acknowledge the light.

Now, the above may sound a bit abstract or difficult to understand but think about darkness as a synonym for a tough situation for example. All the emotions and negative thoughts that come when everything seems to be working against you. When it feels as though you have tried it all, yet you are still fighting against windmills, not making progress or things may even be getting worse. It is in those moments that light could be a word, a thought or a revelation. In other words, recognizing the lesson learned from this situation and your true inner strength will be made known to you as the light to bring you out of that darkness.

The Bible says: "The God who said, “Out of darkness the light shall shine!” is the same God who made his light shine in our hearts, to bring us the knowledge of God's glory shining in the face of Christ." 2 Corinthians 4:6 GNB

Darkness and light are things that are both realities of life. Darkness is nothing we should fear, on the other hand definitely nothing to embrace either. We should see it for what it is: Something light will always supersede! Whatever you might be facing, always remember that there is light at the end of every dark tunnel.

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