Reading: Genesis 1: 1-30
Verse Two: … darkness was over the surface… the Spirit of God was hovering.
The creation narrative begins with the world being formless and empty. There was darkness over the surface and “the Spirit of God was hovering”. Sometimes we feel as if life were a bit formless or out of control and sometimes we feel a tad empty. Life would not be the same if the world were void of these times. God’s first act of creation is to form the light. God chooses to separate light from dark instead of simply eliminating the darkness.
As Christians we often look at light as good and at dark as evil. We reference Jesus as being light and we pursue “walking in the light” as a way to represent following Jesus. We use the phrase “shine the light” to describe living out our faith as we seek to share our faith with others. The implication here is that our ‘light’ drives away or at least exposes darkness. And it does. In the end, we know that light will triumph over the dark because only light can drive away darkness. Darkness simply cannot drive away light.
Although we prefer to walk in the light, at times we do struggle with the dark. On one level, sin and temptation are always near, lurking right around the edges as Satan is always at work. On another level, life itself sometimes brings darkness. In this sense, it is not necessarily evil. It comes in a loss we experience or maybe it is caused by the actions of another person. Sometimes we find ourselves in darkness as a result of our sins. In any case, being here is uncomfortable and maybe painful. We do not like being here. But God kept the dark for a reason. It is here, in the dark of the valleys, that we must trust and hold onto God the most. It is here that we learn how much we need God. It is often here that our faith grows the most.
We love the light. This is our preference. It is where we are called to live as here we reflect God’s love back out into the world. The light is also our hope in times of darkness. For God’s presence in both the light and the dark, we say thanks be to God.