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. Unfortunately, this excursion ended to Collins getting badly trapped. To make matters worse, in his attempt to get free he accidentally knocked over his lamp, smothering his only source of light. Most tragic of all, his continued struggle to free himself dislodged a rock and hopelessly pinned his leg.

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 hunger and thirst.

I cannot imagine the despair Collins would have felt in that cave, feeling so hopelessly trapped. And yet, like Collins, many in this world are trapped in darkness. Even you and I were time trapped in darkness. We were trapped in 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 live the words of 1 John 1:7, “But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.”

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