In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. - Genesis 1:1-4
What is it about darkness that makes us so fearful of it?
As a child, I slept with a nightlight. I used to ensure that every portion of skin on my body was covered, unable to be seen. Maybe then the monster (or whatever was lurking in the darkness of my room) wouldn’t see me, I thought.
Today, I do not sleep with a nightlight anymore. I am afraid of other kinds of darkness.
I fear the darkness of solitude and loneliness and cover up in my relationships with friends. I try to hide from the monster that could rip through my insecurities.
I fear the darkness in our world even when it doesn’t touch my life. I fear the darkness that people experience in injustice. I fear the unfair scale the world is divided on.
But turn the lights on, and everything feels like it’s going to be okay.
I open my bible, talk to God, and I know that God loves me and desires good for me. He comforts me in my darkest hour. I know that God loves His creation and desires good for all. I know He will always comfort us in our darkest hour.
There is a land of darkness and while I am not still living in it, many are. But a light has dawned. And I pray not only that they will see it, but that those who have seen it can come bursting through the door of their dark room, and let the light in.
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