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Friday Devotion

From Pastor Terri:

Last night my husband Dave announced he was going out back to soak in our hot tub. It was around 9pm and a half an hour or so later, I became aware that he was still outside. I opened the sliding door to our deck and peered down to the lower deck where the tub is to see if he’d fallen asleep or something. It was completely dark outside. No moon, no lights on, and no light coming from the tub. In fact, as my eyes adjusted slightly and I moved closer, I could see the cover was shut on the tub. All of a sudden, a voice from the darkness spoke out, “Oh, hi!” I turned to make out his shadow sitting in a chair a few yards away. “I’m here. I’m just looking at the stars and watching things move across the sky. What a beautiful night!” It was darker than usual out there. We are inside the city limits enough that ambient light interferes with our ability to enjoy the night sky. Last night there wasn’t even a visible moon to interfere and the stars were putting on a rare show in our backyard.

As I reflected on this rare display, I was struck by our adversity to darkness. We are afraid of the dark as children. Darkness inhibits our movement and hides unknown dangers and obstacles. But without darkness, the pinpoint light of distant stars would not be visible at all. Darkness creates a backdrop for light, the context for appreciating the tiny dots of light that disappear when the sun comes up.

We are in a dark time as a nation, a world. We are fatigued and our crisis-coping tanks are running on fumes. Months of being in protective and survival mode topped by isolation and disconnection, loss of routines and rituals, have left us in a foggy, shadowy place. But what if the darkness has a purpose? What if the shadowy places are a classroom for helping us see what we would not see if it weren’t for the lack of light? What if we are being invited to embrace and bask in darkness in order to have our eyes truly opened to the light – The Light?

As you think about the possibilities, as you consider accepting God’s invitation to embrace the dark and allow it to teach you, consider these words from Isaiah:

“I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.” Isaiah 42:16

Do not be afraid of the dark. Embrace it. Learn from it. Be guided by the Holy Spirit to see the light that the darkness reveals. “The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”


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