How many times in your life have you been lost or felt lost? Most certainly I can remember a few times. Like when I was 3 or 4 years old my Aunt, just 5 years older took me to visit an old dormitory. It was scheduled to be demolished so it sounded like such fun place to explore.
While following my Aunt I somehow wondered off. There I was, in a hallway all by myself. As I looked around I saw no one. I tried calling out for anyone to hear me. But no one answered my calls.
Slowly I walked down the hallway and found the elevator. I pressed the button and it opened. Then quickly I walked into it. Without any reading skills the buttons really did not mean anything to me. So I pressed a button and elevator began to move. All of the sudden it stopped and opened up to another floor. As I looked around I remember it looked like the floor I just left. So I continued searching the floors with the elevator. Again and again, there was no sign of anyone and it was just another dark and empty hallway, and utterly devoid. Finally, I found the ground floor and walked around. As I was exploring the vast dark hall ways I heard my Aunt and her friend. And as you can imagine I was very happy because at last I was found.
In our lives as young or as old as they may be, the enemy of God seeks to keep us in darkness that we will continue looking here and looking there for Christ Jesus. Do you know what I mean? It is the constant desire to find that something new, exciting or different to fill a void within. And what is that void? It is the covering of light which we lost.
“The white robe of innocence was worn by our first parents…. A beautiful soft light, the light of God, enshrouded the holy pair. This robe of light was a symbol of their spiritual garments of heavenly innocence. Had they remained true to God it would ever have continued to enshroud them. But when sin entered, they severed their connection with God, and the light that had encircled them departed. Naked and ashamed, they tried to supply the place of the heavenly garments by sewing together fig leaves for a covering.” Christ’s Object Lessons, 310.4.
As you can read, the method of replacing the void began all the way back in Eden. The loss of the robe of light is really a genetic deformity which we often work to conceal or hide in some way. Did you ever notice how many times Satan tempts us to evaluate our church family, the inner circle of family members, and personal friends for all their inadequacies? Once he gains our attention he works to guide our thoughts to have reasonable doubt that God’s truth is not working. The enemy of God is a skillful worker to draw your eyes and thoughts off the Savior. After all, it is his desire to introduce a bit of error. In fact, just enough error so that it does not seem so wrong to you.
When we attend church, learn about the Savior at home, and dedicate our lives to Him we want to see and fellowship with others who desire to be His too. But what happens when we do not see the fruits of the Spirit resting on God’s chosen people? Unfortunately the Lord sadly states that many will come in His name and profess to be His and are not. But we should not let this detour us, no matter how terrible the ratio of wheat to tares we may or may not see. So what will we do? We must have the attitude of pressing forward to be a searcher for truth! We must be willing to walk in a world of darkness where He is our only Light. We must work to be the vessels in which His precious rays of light stream in and through us so that the world will meet Christ Jesus as we know Him.
It is our desire that Light Searchers will continue its work to encourage the reformation within. May the Lord guide and bless us as we prayerfully seek to have the extra oil for the journey ahead of us. Amen.
– Cheri Fritz