Darkness and Trust
It starts out just fine.
We walk into the narrow passageway, six-year-old John in front, then me, then
Michael. But just a few steps in and we are pitched into sheer
blackness. I mean dark. I mean no light...at all.
John comes to a dead halt
right in front of me. I bump into him and Michael bumps into me.
Silence. Darkness. "I can't see anything!" (His little
voice trembles a little.) "I'm right here, darling! Just
take a couple of steps forward." (OK, my voice trembles a
As we stumble forward,
a small, dim light appears. But just a few steps more and we're
past that blessed yellow light.
And we hit a hall.
And it's really dark!
And we can't find our way
And Michael is behind me joyfully
saying, "Hey, let's try this pathway! Isn't this FUN?"
And John and I are thinking, "Hey, this guy is nuts! Get
us out of here!"
Just a few, long, minutes
and the guy with the flashlight shows up to lead us out. I feel
a little silly to be so relieved to see LIGHT.
And all the while, Michael
is behind me telling John, "You know, sometimes life is dark.
We don't need to be afraid. We trust those around us and we keep
Who knew that a hay maze
at the pumpkin farm was going to turn into a huge life lesson?
I don't know if John got it, but I sure did!
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