Darkness and Creation
“God made the two great lights – the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night – and the stars. God set them in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth, to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.” – Genesis 1:16-18
Light and darkness; day and night; sun, moon and stars – so cosmically profound and so simple. God has blessed and acknowledged that both have a place in God’s created world. God brought light into our world, and continues to create light in all our darkest places.
The God that created the very matter of light and dark has power beyond our understanding. In what powers do we most often trust? Are they powers of light, or powers that lead us into darkness?
The darkness is sometimes tempting, safe and hidden from the truth that appears in bright light. We turn in on ourselves, away from others in the body of Christ, and our habits push light away when the darkness seems so comfortable. Or sometimes we cannot help but linger in darkness, when pain, absence and helplessness threaten to drown us whole. Light can be harsh, like the whoosh of opened curtains on a sunny, sleepy morning. Darkness can be comforting, consistent and encompassing. Where are we currently lingering, and where do we want to dwell? God’s cosmic, creative command of the cosmos is ceaseless.
Even the faintest light of a new moon reminds us that we are never truly alone. We never grapple along with no guidance. The transformational, creative power of God knows true darkness and true light. And our hope comes in the ever-presence of God’s profound power.
Creator God, help us to know your presence in the darkness and in the light. Guide us to the light of your love, and transform the darkest corners of our souls. Amen.