The Dark Cave

February 27, 1997
by Jane McLaren

Two young boys, in disobedience to their father, wandered away from their campsite and began exploring the caves in the nearby hills. Soon they found themselves deep in a cave, marvelling at the crystal and rock formations, until their flashlight gave out. Then they realized they were so deep in the cave that they could not see any light and didn't know which way to go to get back to their camp.

They stood in the dark, clinging to each other, straining to see even a glimmer of light to guide them back outside. But there was no light to see. Finally, in fear, they decided to sit back-to-back on the floor of the cave, each one looking for the flash of light and listening for the call of their names that would mean their father was coming to look for them.

"Wait," cried the one boy, "over there, I saw a light. It was only a brief flicker but I know I saw a light."

Both boys faced in that direction and looked hard. "There, I saw it again. Did you see it, did you?"

"No, I saw nothing," the other replied.

"But you had to," the first boy cried. "I know I saw it. It could be the way out. Come on, let's go."

No," mourned the other boy. "I didn't see it. I'm not going anywhere. My Daddy will come for me. He'll find me. I know he will."

"Please," the brother pleaded. "I know I saw a light. I know it's the way out. Dad's probably there right now, calling our names, asking us to come to him, calling us out of this awful darkness."

"No," was the stubborn and frightened reply. "Go yourself if you're so sure. You think you know everything. Well, go on then. I'll wait here. I'm waiting for Dad to come to me."

"Look," his brother yelled, "I saw it again! I'm going. Come with me." He left scrambling along the cave, tripping on stones, scraping his knees, trying to catch a glimpse of the light he had seen, hoping, trusting his brother would follow. He clambered forward, never taking his eyes off the spot where the light had appeared. Every now and again he saw the light, briefly, then for longer times, and brighter, until he came to a corner and realized the light was reflecting around this corner. He hesitated, looked back to where his brother was, and saw only darkness; looked ahead and saw light and heard the voice.

"Are you in there my sons? Are you in that dark cave. If you hear me, please come to me. I love you."

The child ran around the corner of the cave, straight into his father's waiting arms.

John 1:5 – And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.Prayer: Lord, open my eyes to see your light, open my ears to hear Your voice, open my heart to receive Your Word. May my feet move in quickness, my body with urgency, my mind with completeness, to respond to Your call. Lord, I long to see You. Amen.

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Jane McLaren
Cornwall, Ontario, Canada

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