Recently, a group of my fabulous outdoorsy friends and I went caving – or spelunking, if you prefer! This journey to the center of the Earth was saturated with spiritual metaphor.
First, you should all understand that caves are totally dark and void of light. Our fearless guides, who had run the course countless times before, led us through every nook and cranny, one step and slide at a time. Without their expertise paving the way, our group would have been lost. Our leader, also a good friend, took this opportunity to make a spiritual parallel.
“How many of you could have found your way alone?” he asked. Of course, no one raised their hand. “Like you all couldn’t find your way through the cave without my direction, we cannot find our way to God without Jesus.”
Psalm 82:5 sums up this thought nicely, “They have neither knowledge nor understanding, they walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the Earth are shaken.” (ESV) Imagine a huge cavernous chamber, devoid of light and unable to sustain life. That image is precisely what our souls look like without Christ.
After our brief devotional, my friend asked us all to turn on our flashlights, one by one. I find it incredibly poignant that darkness cannot drive away light, but light can certainly oust darkness with the merest flicker. What an amazing God we have! He placed evidences of His existence and His salvation in the belly of a cave!
Once all our flashlights were on, the chamber illuminated and our faces glowed. I was in awe that Christian fellowship can happen anywhere, that the Gospel truth can be spoken everywhere, even in the mouth of a cave. “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” (Matthew 18:20 ESV)