The book of first John says that “God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.” That may be true. It sounds right to me.
And yet…..God is in the darkness.
I have walked through pitch dark tunnels in my life, I couldn’t see my hand in front of my face, let alone see God.
I have tried to escape God, told Him to eff off, threw myself into sin and debauchery. I ran hard until I couldn’t run anymore.
Circumstances beyond my control have thrown me into the depths of grief, the hard pain of loss.
Some of you have seen and been through worse. Maybe right now, you are in a dark and difficult place.
I can say that in all my life, as I look back with clearer sight, God was ever present. Always there. It didn’t matter where I was. Where I put myself. God was there. God is always there.
From Psalm 139
7 Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.
9 If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;
10 Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.
12 Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.
And right after that, David talks about God shaping him and knowing him in the womb before he was born. I think of the darkness of the womb. So dark, and yet so much is happening. We are formed in the darkness. We are fearfully and wonderfully made…..in the darkness.
Let’s not be afraid of the dark. To God, “the night shineth as the day, the darkness and light are both alike.”
I love you all.