Who’s Afraid of the Dark?


By Tammy Trail

I am a night owl by nature. My mother tells a story of waking up in the middle of the night hearing voices to which she’d go and investigate. There I’d be in front of the television watching some late night movie. I vaguely remember this. But the more I thought about it, the recall of some of those movies came back to me. Some were pretty creepy.

file8081258144701In my teens, I became fascinated with the occult. Not to practice it, I just wanted to know more about it. I read everything I could get my hands on from the little bookmobile that visited our tiny town. Ghosts were a special interest.

Stephen King was my favorite author. I never looked at a St. Bernard the same way again after reading Cujo. King just has a twisted way of looking at life, and putting ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. Then we got cable television with a premium channel, and the ability to watch all the horror movies our hearts desired.

Do you know how paranoid I became? It was off the chart! I learned that a little bit of the wrong knowledge can get you into trouble. Some things are just better left alone.

My love affair with scary stuff came to a screeching halt when I became a mom.

It was bad enough letting my mind race with all kinds of weird stuff that could happen to me. Imagining the same stuff happening to my kid was another matter. I had a change of heart, and my mind needed an overhaul too.

A little bit of scared can be considered fun. A lot of fear can paralyze you and stunt your growth. Spiritual growth is what I am referring to here. I had a whole list of crazy fears that Jesus and I worked through together. Perfect love casts out fear. I didn’t need to be so unsettled in my heart because I had a supernatural protector. I know that words used to conjure up all sorts of occult-like ideas. Supernatural sounds like a ghost and mystical occurrences. But now when I think of Jesus being supernatural, it’s His ability to manifest life-changing moments that our minds can’t understand.

Do I still like Stephen King? You betcha! I haven’t read any of his current books for many years. I admire his ability to plot twist, and turn everyday life upside down. He gets his characters in so much trouble. And of course, you can’t put the book down until you find out what happens. No one can deny his commercial success.

I no longer desire to live with knowledge that keeps me living in the dark. I want the light. Is there still a world out there that wants to keep me in the dark? Sure, it’s still there. It beckons to me once in a while. But I have choices to make–where I should spend my time and what I choose to clutter my brain pan.

It’s all under the Lord’s protection.

So, looking back over the month, our team made some confessions. Some were serious, some funny. Some gave answers, some challenged you to make changes. I hope you’ve enjoyed this month’s topic.

Writing prompt: Twist this one!

Louise spends her day working as a bank teller in a small Mayberry-type town. On the surface, she seems friendly and caring. But after the workday has ended, and darkness falls…

2 thoughts on “Who’s Afraid of the Dark?

  1. That was one of my favorite things, back when I read Peretti’s This Present Darkness. The scary aspects could have been so frightening. But getting to see the other side – with God, His angels and Jesus made such a difference!

    • sparksofember, I read Frank Peretti’s book also. I agree it was a source of comfort. We were given insight into a Supernatural world with a Christian view. A positive experience instead of a negative one. I’ll take the positive any day. Thank you for taking the time to post a comment.

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