Loving God. Loving People. No Matter What.

The Unnecessary Struggle

By Angela Sirolli

Imagine you are in a dark room. You can’t see a thing, you try to walk forward and you bang your shin, lose your balance, fall over something big, scrape your arm, hit your head and fall on the floor. Instead of trying to find a light to see the obstacles and to take care of your wounds, you reach around and find a blanket on the floor instead. You hide under that blanket to get away from the darkness and to hide from getting hurt further. Hurting and alone, you cry hopelessly.

So many times in life people are living in “the dark”. They get wounded and beaten up by the blindness that comes from living in “the dark”. While living a life without direction, without vision and purpose, they get wounded by the things that they can’t see, that inevitably becomes the cause of their pain. So, instead of trying to see clearly, which is actually impossible “in the dark”, they cover up their pain. What do they cover up their pain with? Well, it’s different for each person. Sometimes it’s as simple as faking a smile and saying you’re fine when someone asks how you’re doing. Sometimes it’s as serious as attempts of suicide. The list is endless of the things that are used to cover up one’s pain.

There is a verse in the Bible that sheds light (pun intended) on why this happens.

“The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” 2 Corinthians 4:4

Who is the god of this age? Notice the little “g” in “god”. It shows that it’s speaking of someone who attempts to be “God” but is an imposter. It is the devil, the deceiver. He sets himself up to provide a false joy, false hope, temporary relief; and all at the expense of the ones who fall prey to his deception. Doesn’t that make you angry? Here are these people, in hopelessness, in pain; and he offers them “solutions” that only ensnare them even further. Well, it doesn’t have to be this way. There IS a way out, a way of hope, a way that brings such clarity.

The Bible gives the solution: When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12

If we FOLLOW Jesus, because HE is the light, we will see those obstacles in our path and HE will help us avoid them. Once those obstacles are removed we will begin to heal. He will also prevent us from future hurts and unnecessary struggles.