I cannot give you a scientific explanation as to how gravity works, but I can show you what happens to a watermelon when it is dropped from the roof of a tall building. If you and I were about to launch a tiny boat on Lake Superior and learned a lake wind advisory had been issued by the National Weather Service, we would not need a meteorologist to explain wind to us to convince us to change our plans. I could go on and explain how stars are only visible at night despite being right there in the same place during the day when the sun is out, but you get the idea. There are just some things that we know to be true even if we don’t understand them. Webster’s dictionary defines this act of accepting something as true without proof or evidence that it is true as faith.
At some point in life most of us have probably played Tetris or Super Mario Brothers. We played Tetris without tracking down its creator in Russia to ask him to explain his coding process used to create the game. I played a lot of Super Mario Brothers without ever contacting Nintendo to ask the creators to give me proof they knew how to make a fun game. With fun experiences, we have total faith in the credentials and abilities of the one responsible for the experience, but that tends to change when the dark times roll in. When things get tough, we want details, credentials, and explanations before we even consider signing on for something that might be challenging or painful. Walking by faith is easy when it is done on the mountain tops in the sunshine. It becomes a whole different story when that walk takes place in the darkness of the valleys.
Hebrews 11:1 says faith is the substance of what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. If I claim to be a Christian, I have to keep in mind that the world is watching me more intently now during the dark times. Someone somewhere will make their decision to follow or not follow Jesus based on their observation of my faith when the going gets tough.
There is a phenomenon called tapetum lucidum (aka Eye Shine) in some animals who have a reflective layer of crystalized cells located behind the retina. Eye shine is what causes the reflective glow seen in the eyes of cats, dogs, raccoons, and deer in the dark of night. It gives nocturnal hunters exceptional vision in darkness. Lions depend on eye shine to survive. Pastor Levi Lusko wrote a book titled Through the Eyes of a Lion where he shares his experience of his daughter, Lenya (aka Lenya Lion) dying in his arms at the age of five. Lusko said he knew people would be watching to see how he responded to this tragedy and made the decision to view the experience through the eyes of a lion, to trust the “light” (Jesus) to push back the darkness. He said, “I made the decision to look not at just what was in front of me, but what God said was there…I had to put on the eyes of a Lion”. Lusko’s ability to see the light in the midst of unspeakable darkness reminds me that I can do the same in these dark times we are all living in now.