By Alyssa Crockett
Lately in my life I have become obsessed with light. Everything about it captivates me. There are so many cool parallels that God has been teaching me about light and this human experience, and most of all about His love.
When I was a little girl my parents gave me a strawberry shortcake nightlight in hopes that my fear of the dark would be tamed a bit so that they could finally sleep through the night without drying too many tears. As I've grown older, I've mostly gotten over my fear of physically being in the dark, but sometimes being spiritually in the dark still frightens me.
I feel like as humans it's part of our nature to want to feel like we are in control. We want to feel like we know what's going on, where we are, and where we need to go, and surprise! We don't always know those things. And to me, that has been a very real source of fear in my life. Am I okay? Is this going to work out? What is going on? It's easy to feel lost sometimes.
Over these past few months I know that Heavenly Father has been trying to teach me that it's okay to not know everything right now, it's okay to feel a little bit like a wanderer sometimes. In my own wanderings, I have felt my Savior Jesus Christ leading me with His light. Little by little He shows me that I am never alone, He shows me that as I trust Him His light will dispel the darkness, and the fear that accompanies it. I've learned through my own, rather rocky at times, journey that the commandment to fear not is given to us because Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love us so much. They know that this life is scary at times, and that no matter how hard we try to stay in the light, sometimes our days can be clouded with mists of darkness. But They also know that if we will trust Them, and follow the Light of Christ that everything is going to be okay, and that because of Christ we don't have to fear. I believe that sometimes God takes away what we think we want to remind us that He is what we really need. He loves us, and has a perfect plan for each of us. I know that. And so can you. Light leads us, not only physically, but spiritually. I promise that Christ's light can lead you through, and cast out your fears, He did it for me and continues to, and He can do it for you.