I’m an artist and a writer. When circumstances start to overwhelm me I tend to spiral quite quickly because I’m so imaginative. I imagine things and I describe them…even to myself…which can sometimes be an annoying, wasteful combination. Sometimes I dread the strangest things even with no proof on the horizon. This doesn’t happen all the time, but I am human and I visualize extremely well. Over the last year and a half though I’ve trained myself to do something as soon as the most fleeting spell of sky dimming thoughts loom overhead. You don’t sit pretty ’til things turn pitch black, you don’t comprehend, you don’t overthink while plucking daisies in one hand, Alice, you run at the first sight of shade.
It isn’t escape, it isn’t flight, it’s common sense. Just move somewhere else. Strap balloons to your mind palace and transfer! You don’t belong under darkness and dispelling darkness isn’t your job description, it’s His. You can certainly try going all Gandalf-versus-Balrog but sometimes it’s just simpler to cease coddling the existence of darkness. What you need to be doing is focusing all your energy on unleashing light. By no means am I saying that you’re not supposed to face your problems, letting light in begins exactly with the tough stuff, tackling each step. Our wrong assumption is always that the “to-dos” constitute the darkness over us, they do not. Focus on untangling each knot instead of finding yourself stuck in a looping monologue of how each knot sucks. You’ll get somewhere, as long as you stay somewhere bright so you can see exactly what it is you’re doing. Stay in the light.
1 John 1:5-7 NKJV
“5 This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”