The conversation of finding your identity and finding light in the darkness go hand in hand. A person’s identity is found when one decides which path to take: “being who I want to be” or “trusting who I am meant to be”. The Book of Truth says that the Creator wrote our stories while we were still in our mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13-14), that He knows us by name (Isaiah 43:1) and that He knows how many hairs are on our head without a second thought (Luke 12:7). The Creator knows who we are, what we are destined to be and He knew our whole story before we were even humanly thought of. He created you and me just like He created light in the midst of darkness. In Genesis, the Creator spoke, “Let there be light”, and there was. The same hands created you and me. The same hands that created the universe, created you and me. Astounding is an understatement. The Creator shaped and formed your identity before you could even be seen by the human eye.
Darkness seems to feel more of a reality in the current world and its affairs. The uncertainty and unrest that tries to live in this world today can be overwhelming and chaotic. Many people are asking the questions “Who am I?”, “What am I supposed to be doing during this time?”, “What does my future hold?”. As believers, we are able to see the light even when others are blinded to it. We know who holds all of the answers.
But— when it comes to the struggle of finding one’s identity, do we, as believers, sometimes become blind to it as well?
Figuring out who you are and what your purpose is can be a daunting task. Fearing the future if one path is chosen versus another path sends fear down anyone’s spine. Over the years, I have felt that fear and it has tried to overcome me in many different points in my life. Identity in a certain goal or dream, identity in a group or a clique, identity in a career or even identity in what my certain role was at the time. The idea of identity became an obsession of mine but I was completely oblivious of it. Before the age of 23, I had taken on a handful of identities and I had yet to feel peace in any of them. I know what it is like to take on the identity of worldly desires.
In today’s world, identity is something that a human can struggle with in a variety of ways over one’s lifetime. In many ways, these different times of struggling with identity can seem to be a dark time in a person’s life. The one thing that remains true both literally and figuratively is that the absence of light is darkness. As we take on identities in worldly ideas and desires, we are stepping into the absence of light, into the darkness. We lose sight of the One who created us. The dependence on Christ alone has been hidden by the uncertain, chaotic world that we live in and are choosing to stay in. The enemy is constantly working to make us, as believers, love anything more than Jesus. Finding hope and peace in this dark world may seem unrealistic but with the promises God gives us, there is a light shining and we have access to it as His children.
I know what it is like to fully and wholeheartedly take on the identity as God’s child. As a woman, wife and mother, I know that the burdens get too heavy to carry on my own. I know that the love and grace of Jesus through His sacrifice for us and the promises that He has made and continues to make can be the Light that we all can cling to. We must cling to that Light. The key to fleeing from the dark battles of identity is finding and renewing our identity through Him day by day, minute by minute by His truths and promises. Through Christ, we can find the ultimate peace and freedom that we are all longing for.
We can be freed from the bondage of darkness.
Now the next step that we as believers must take begins with a children's song that I have loved since I was little...
This Little Light of Mine,
I'm gonna let it shine!
This Little Light of Mine,
I'm gonna let it shine! As we approach this new world that we are living in, we must remember that we hold the power, as believers, to shine that light even brighter. We have the choice to open our hearts wholeheartedly like Jeremiah 29:13 says, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart”.
When you find Him, you find Light.
Through that Light, your identity is found.
Walk confidently in your identity as God’s child and share His Light with the world.