I love a beautiful sunset. The reds, salmons, pinks, and purples all mixing together to make a one-of-a-kind picture with every sunset we see. I cannot remember ever seeing any two alike. Eventually the colors fade into dusk, and then as the color and light fades, darkness. Our day is over and it’s time to wind down and rest.
Just as I’ve seen many different sunsets – when I lived in towns, in the midst of huge farmlands, and in the middle of the desert (yes, I lived there, too!) – and all those sunsets had their own beauty – darkness is also very different in these places and can have its own beauty as well. In the towns, the streetlights become our light as they gradually sense the darkness deepen. In the farmland, the darkness reveals the eyes of the many deer who are grazing in the cornfields; imagine looking into a large flat area and seeing only eyes! In the desert is the deepest darkness I’ve ever seen, and the only light is the many, many stars that are visible in the night sky. I was truly amazed at how many there are!
But we all know that there is a different darkness – a darkness of hate, of evil deeds – darkness found in a life without peace, without love, without joy. It is the most terrifying darkness of all. If we know God, if we have accepted Jesus’ forgiveness of sin and have done our best to follow His life of love and compassion for all people, that darkness is not in us. But oh, how heartbreaking to see it in others! And lately, it seems to me to be getting darker and darker.
What can we do? Like the streetlights in a town, we can be a light for those who seek light. But like the desert where the stars are so easily seen in its deep darkness, when our world seems dark, God’s light can be seen more easily – in others and even in ourselves. So if the darkness seems to be just too much, remember no matter how dark it gets, God is there – with you and with me. I’m counting on it. I pray you do the same.
“I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.” (John 8:12)