Our eyes relax in a darkened room without the need to focus but when lights are abruptly brought back up, like after a movie at the theater, we wince with the almost painful inrush of brightness, as we wait for our eyes to re-adjust to the now-illuminated environment. As those previously trapped in spiritual darkness, when being introduced to the Light of Life, there needs to be a gradual acclimatizing, a slow pivot, a stage by stage turning, to face the enormous shining all around us. Knowing Jesus, then, is a multi-phased process spread out over whatever amount of time is needed to awaken our souls to our new dwelling place. Isaiah prophesied: “Those who walked in darkness have seen a radiant light shining upon them. They once lived in the shadows of death, but now a glorious light has dawned!” (9:2) “The Son is the dazzling radiance of God’s splendor, the exact expression of God’s true nature – his mirror image!” Heb. 1:3, TPT. The Light Himself knows that too much (of his brilliance) all at once would overwhelm us.