"I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness."
This is cool. sometimes our lives seem pretty bleak... dismal... black. Seems like everything is going wrong and things are falling apart right and left. And this mist of darkness comes to everyone... whether they are on the right path or not. It's designed to confuse us and obscure our view of the goals of this life... or make them seem so overwhelmingly impossible that there is no reason to even try. But it's all a lie. The goals are right in front of us, better and more rewarding than any of the lies that are whispered in the mist... or actually, not whispered at all... the lies that are shouted, trying to drown out all sense of perspective and make us scared and desperate. And reaching the things that God has in store for us is not impossible at all... God is there to lend us strength, and he always teaches us line upon line... he never throws it at us all at once.
Darkness obscures vision. It is hard for us to see the way... to see God, to even see ourselves, or the people around us... but Christ brings light into the Satan-darkened world... and when we have the light, we can see how attainable the eternal goals really are. They have never been out of reach. God knows that we are still little kindergarteners and that we can barely tie our shoes, let alone write a doctoral dissertation. Of course the dissertation seems overwhelming... because we're little kids. We're not there. But someday, we'll grow up... and along the way, we'll learn how to write, and learn how to do all the things that we need to do to get there, step by step. The goal for *today* is, learn to tie your shoes... and practice it over and over again, so that it isn't something you have to think too hard about.
When the light is there, we have hope... hope that we can grow up someday, and learn those big-people things... hope that we can become as cool as our dad and mom... hope that we can go to school and learn all that stuff that they know. And we can. But it takes time. Don't get impatient and try to be an instant adult... the whole "just add water" thing doesn't work with people... :) Don't expect to be in graduate school today. God is going to teach you everything you need to know... everything. Focus on the lesson that you have *today,* and know that it is possible, with God's help.
Don't let the darkness rule your life... there is light. Turn it on. (It makes it easier to tie your shoes) ... :)