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Are You Afraid of The Dark?

“If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.” – Psalm 139:11-12

Darkness isn’t even dark to God…Fascinating.

I’ve heard it said that the shadow proves the sunshine. Often throughout my life, I would have to admit that life has been incredibly dark – full of shadows, yet wondering where the sun was hiding. Often with me, clarity seems so elusive, while confusion runs rampant. It’s incredibly strange how complicated this world is, especially when you want to live a meaningful life.

As someone who has struggled with failed dreams, broken finances, and anxiety/depression, the darkness has terrified me in more ways than I ever dreamed. Darkness often appears in the form of loneliness, isolation in a crowd, fear, panic, feelings of failure, sadness, and insecurity.

Yet, even the darkness is not dark to God.

What does this mean for us? Sure, the darkness may not be dark to God, but how does that help us when we’re afraid, lost, and confused? What if we don’t even believe in God?

This is where faith makes an entrance into our lives, wrecking the power of darkness and bringing us towards a better future. When we often hear the word “faith” we think of religion. Even if you don’t believe in God, remember that faith is to believe in things that have yet to take place. Of course, I believe in Jesus, so that is the framework from which I view my life; but even if you don’t, we all live by faith in something.

When we are in the darkness, we can have faith that the pain won’t last forever. We can have faith that healing is real and available to us. We can have faith that God is still there, because He promised to never forsake us. We can have faith that God can redeem our broken past, creating an even better future out of the mess.

Faith gives us sight in the dark. If darkness is not even dark to God, do you really think He’s unaware of what’s coming next?

Maybe you have a struggle with addiction. Faith sees through the darkness, believing that healing is real and that seeking professional help isn’t something of which to be ashamed.

Maybe your battle is depression and/or anxiety. Faith sees through the darkness, reminding you in the lonely nights that there are others who understand what you’re going through, that seeking help is a beautiful thing, that it will get better, and that you are loved in this very moment.

Maybe your battle is a broken marriage, a financial collapse, or a failed dream. Faith sees past the broken chapters of yesterday and into the potential of tomorrow.

We all will feel lost in the dark at different times in our life. What matters most is seeing through it to the other side.

2 Comments

  1. I was writing in my journal about darkness just this morning. It gets a bad press and Christians seem to run from it. I was asking myself whether all darkness is bad? I don’t think so. The darkness of the enemy, yes. But not dark times in our lives. I’ve grown the most through my darkest times and if you read Dark Night of the Soul, or Sue Monk Kidd or Barbara Brown Taylor’s Learning to Walk in the Dark, they see dark periods as a precious time of intimacy with God if we are willing to sit a while. Thanks for sharing.

    • I totally agree. We look at things that pain us as “bad”, but that is often where God meets us in the most authentic of ways.

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