Light & Dark

Osterley LakeImage by duopastorale via Flickr

If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me, and the light around me will become night”, even the darkness is not dark to You. The night shines like the day; darkness and light are alike to you.
Psalm 139:11-12


It’s not pleasant living in darkness; physically, spiritually or emotionally. That dark place can make us feel that God has abandoned us. The light of His Presence can no longer be felt, and the light at the end of the tunnel has gone out. The dark night of the soul is not a place we seek out, yet God often allows us to go there, perhaps through sickness, depression, stress, loneliness… The comfort here is that God is with us. He has promised. The dark places cannot survive the brightness of His glory and through it all He will ultimately bless us and bring good out of struggle.

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Comments

Olga said…
But it's only surrounded by the darkness you can see the light like this... thanks for sharing!
Photo Cache said…
It's spiritual. You always share stunning sky watch photos.
imac said…
Love the colours Mike you havein your sky.
Lovely sky shot and words.
ascu75 aka Don said…
2 Corinthians 4:6
For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. ...........nice capture well done xxx Don
wayfarerjon said…
The Dark Night of the Soul is one of the scariest places to find yourself. God's there all right but you just do not sense His presence - feels like the loneliest place in all the world. But it's also one opf the most blessed. Took me several months before the sun eventually rose - as it always will.
ascu75 aka Don said…
I used to stop people and ask them with a serious face " sorry I am lost can you tell me am I this side of London or the other" and then watch the puzzled look on their face before I drove off. ........... wafarerjon google a poem "ITS IN THE VALLEYS I GROW" It helped me understand God is there as well as on the mountaintops XXX Don
Steve said…
Thoughtful comment.. Thanks.
Pietro said…
Wonderful picture and deep words.
Have a nice Sunday!
wayfarerjon said…
Thank you ascu75 aka Don. One of my greatest pleasures was climbing mountains and this was reflected in my Christian walk. A year before my Dark Night of the Soul a Christian said they thought I would be taken into the dark valley and they were right. Climbing mountains can feel risky and scary, so I needed that 'grounding' of the valley experience, to prepare me for what He knew was to come.
Britt-Arnhild said…
Even the darkness is not completely dark when we walk with our Lord.

Thanks Mike.
deena said…
Good verses.Our trust,faith and hope in the Lord- there is no hiding place-He lives in us .He is our light.