…To you, the night shines bright as day. Darkness and light are the same to you. Psalm 139:12
Most of us know the familiar territory where darkness prevails and we usually work to avoid it at all costs, from the extremes of addiction to keeping a good (false) attitude of the place we are in. We are just avoiding the darkness. We fear it. It is not fun. Yet, what if, in it, we could find God? What if, in it, we could find the greatest truth of all? God is not afraid of it. It doesn’t surround him like it does us.
Oh, God! Of
course, you can see through either. Both
can dispense your truth and your presence.
What if the darkness might hold just as much truth as the light?
darkness are different for each of us.
Maybe it’s the darkness of a hurt we have buried or the darkness that
befalls us when we quiet ourselves from shiny, noisy or blustery practices and
we have to sink into the center of who we are.
Maybe it’s the darkness of an unresolved relationship or truth about
ourselves. The list goes on, but God’s
truth about each can often only be revealed in the chasm.
He is there, seeing it as clearly as if by daylight, if we allow ourselves to
enter with him, he can shine the light on the truth we need. We can stay in the darkness knowing he is
there, whether resolution comes or not, knowing that he is there to comfort or
guide, satisfy or use it for our good.
I am not
so afraid of quiet now or even the darkness that some would claim to be the
absence of God. I think in the end the
only one refusing to be in the darkness is me.
Now I know to enter it and relish the pause it gives, the truth it
shows, and the comfort it brings.