What is it about the dark that can sometimes make us afraid?
It’s because we can’t see what is around us, and we can’t see what is ahead. There’s an element of uncertainty and the unknown, and it can make us feel afraid. Maybe there’s something about this Covid-19 pandemic that’s brought some darkness into this season of our lives. Darkness into our heart, and darkness into our outlook. We can’t yet see the light at the end of the tunnel, but I believe that that light is coming for all of us.
Just because we can’t see things happening the way we do in the light, it doesn’t mean God is not working. He is working in our darkness and He is working in the light. He’s working in front of our faces sometimes, and He’s working behind the scenes, but we know He is always working.
God does wonderful things in the darkness. Think of when a seed is planted in the soil in the garden. It is buried there underneath the darkness of the soil, and that’s when beautiful things happen. There is germination. Things are bursting forth within that seed, and they come to light. They form the beautiful plant that gives you fruit or flowers (or both).
In the darkness, miracles happen. Psalm 139 says that we were knit together in our mother’s womb, in a secluded place in the darkness, in the mystery of that place. God was working there, knitting us and forming us. What a beautiful thing was happening in that dark place! You and I were being made!
So we mustn’t fear the darkness, because God is working there. The first few verses of the Bible (Genesis chapter 1 verses 1-3) tell us that in the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. It says that at that time there was darkness and that the Spirit of God was at work.
And then it says that God spoke into that darkness and said, ‘Let there be light.’ So there was darkness, but when God’s Spirit, and then God’s word and God’s voice, came into the picture, He brought light.
In the same way, any darkness that we might feel at the minute could be actually setting the scene for God to do wonderful things and shine His light on the situation? Could it be that in dark times, when we can’t see clearly that God is working within us, and germinating dreams, ideas, hopes, aspirations, and things for our future, He’s planting seeds within us that will produce fruit.
I pray that that’s the case for you. I pray that God will shine His light on you, and through you, today. A beautiful verse in Psalm 18:28 says that God will illuminate our darkness. That’s my prayer for you today.