However, in the introduction Len Sweet tells this story,
Sigmund Freud tells a story of a three -year-old boy whom he heard calling out from a dark room in the night. “Auntie,” the boy cried, “talk to me! I’m frightened because it is so dark.”
His aunt answered him from another room: “What good would that do? You can’t see me.”
“That doesn’t matter, ” replied the child. “When you talk, it gets light.”
In no way shape of form would I suggest Freud was a Christian, nor would I imagine he would want to be referred to as such. But he understands the need for us to have light to take away all fear. In Christian jargon we would suggests that he understands the need for us to hear God speak – because it turns on the light.
As believers we need the light to be turned on every day. That is why we read the Bible, why we pray and meditate, why we listen for the voice of God to speak in any of the myriad ways he cares to (though whether we are listening to his voice is often moot).
More importantly as human beings we are created in the image of God, bearing his mark, his seal, being called his friends and craving intimacy with him; we live in the dark yet long for the light. In that created condition we need the light turned on, always.