On January 30, 1925, Floyd Collins climbed into a huge system of interconnected caves in Kentucky. He was trying to discover a new entrance into the cave system when he became trapped. In his attempt to get free, he accidentally knocked over his lamp, smothering his only source of light. As he continued to get himself free, he dislodged a rock which fell and pinned his left leg. Now Collins was lost, trapped, alone, and in darkness.
Amazingly, some of his friends found him the next day. It turns out he was only 150 feet from the entrance to the cave, but he was still in trouble. They brought him food and water but they could not get him free. Collins remained trapped for over a week. Sadly, the cave passage that was used to reach Collins collapsed. After a total of about 14 days trapped in the cave, Collins tragically died from thirst and hunger.
Like Collins, many in this world are trapped in darkness. In fact, you and I were also at one time trapped in darkness. We were trapped by our sins and on our way to spiritual death. Then, God stepped in. He freed us from the sin that trapped us (Hebrews 12:1). He rescued us from the domain of darkness (Colossians 1:13). We were called out of this terrible darkness and into His marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9). God then became a lamp to our feet and a light to our path (Psalm 119:105).
It’s so much sweeter to be free to walk in spiritual light. Let’s be mirrors for God and shine His wonderful light (Matthew 5:14-16). Let’s also make sure that we never again become trapped in sin’s darkness (1 John 1:5-7).