A few fall seasons ago I was chasing what Indians called the "ghost of the timber." This elusive creature has other formal names, such as Wapiti, a name given from the Shawnee, meaning "white rump." This mighty ghost has held true to its name, for "elk" have proven to be a formidable opponent for me thus far in my high country journeys.
I wanted to get high into the timber on this particular November morning, so I left the cabin at 2:30 am. The walk would take three hours in the snow. The moon was perfectly full. The sky was completely clear. I'm telling you friend, it was pure worship for me. There I was on the west slope of the Continental Divide. Clean, cold air. Moonlight travel at 10,000 feet. All but inches kept me from touching the face of God.
I stopped for some water, and as I reached into my pack, I happened to look up. Miles and miles away, on another range of the mountain chain, I saw another journeyman. It was about 3:30 by this time. He was on his way up his own set of timber, and he was using a modern day horse ... the ATV. Though miles away, I could see his headlights. Two thoughts occurred to me. The first flash that went through my tired mind was, "I bet elk love those things. They can see you coming for miles brother!" The second thought that stirred my mind was, "The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it."
Stop and study for a second. Miles and miles away, I could see the light. There was no way not to see the light. I would have literally had to close my eyes intentionally in order to deny that the light was present, and even then, the light would be on my mind. The light was piercing the black night, because that's what light does. In the midst of the Colorado darkness, the light put me in a position where it must be dealt with entirely.
Jesus had a best friend. His name was John. Read his gospel, and you'll see that he saw prisms of Jesus' life that could only be seen from close, yes, very close, proximity. So what does it say about the heart of a man ... what does it say about the heart of humanity, when light pierces the darkness, but the darkness doesn't even know what it is? It tells me that the heart of man is so completely saturated with darkness that light doesn't even make sense; to the point that it cannot be comprehended or even recognized.
Which is why men need a Savior, and a Holy Spirit, to escort that power to humanity, for without a Heavenly conduit, light would otherwise be overlooked ... even in the darkest night.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
- John 1:5
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