Nothing shines in the dark. It is light which reveals the beauty and splendor of things. However, how exactly does light work, and where does it come from?
In physical science we learn that light comes from the sun by fusion or nuclear reaction. This is when hydrogen atoms from the core of the sun produces an exorbitant amount of heat that travels through the core to the surface of the sun. As it continues into space it creates sunlight.
In scriptural text, light came from the command of God. In Genesis 1:1-5, it is written that “1 In the beginning God created heaven and earth. 2 The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep water. The Spirit of God was hovering over the water. 3 Then God said, ‘Let there be light!’ So there was light. 4 God saw the light was good. So God separated the light from the darkness. 5 God named the light day, and the darkness he named night. There was evening, then morning—the first day” (GW). So, according to the biblical text, this light came before the sun was made. In other words, the light from the sun is one kind of light, but the light from God represents order, realization, and fullness. Once God allowed light to be manifested, the earth took form, and confusion, unreality, and emptiness vanished.
This text further explains that God saw that the light was good. It was pleasant or agreeable, so He separated the light from the darkness symbolizing that the two would never be able to commingle because one would always extinguish the other. However, by separating them, was God implying that meant darkness was not good?
We are told in Genesis 2:31 that “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good” (INV). Including darkness? Yes!
Suppose that represents the ability of awareness and discernment while darkness represents confusion and ignorance. These obviously are opposites and it seems reasonable as to why God separated them. This separation indicates that light and darkness can never be juxtaposed because one would always put out the other. So darkness has its place, necessity, and purpose just as light does.
In the physical realm, having light is essential when painting a wall, doing your taxes (maybe it is better doing them in the dark!), playing baseball, applying make-up, getting a haircut, cleaning, and performing surgery (much better with light!) etc.
In the physical realm, darkness makes it easier to get your rest, watch a movie, develop negatives, set the mood, etc.
In the realm of metaphysics, what if darkness, rather than light, were hovering over consciousness? Ordinary challenges would seem arduous, beclouding the avenue of joy. Mental darkness dulls hope and makes everything look dismal. Though darkness has its proper place in the relative, it is not meant for the mind.
In John 12:35, Jesus says, “…The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going.” That sounds very much like being lost, confused along with not being able to find what you are looking for.
When we were kids and my friends and I would play hide n’ seek, we would ask the adults for permission to turn out the lights so as to make it more difficult for the seeker to find the hider. With the lights on, it was just too easy, and that made the game less fun. However, when we are talking about the mental darkness which mystifies the mind, there is nothing fun about keeping the lights out. Whatever you are seeking becomes too laborious to find, and without clarity, seeking can become exhausting!
More light is needed to ease the mental atmosphere.
I have found that when darkness rises up to my mind, praying for more light is most necessary in order to suffocate the dreadful thoughts. Speaking with a trusted friend or a professional can also be remedial, but doing nothing about darkness in the mind perpetuates bewilderment. Remember that darkness and light cannot co-exist so as light grows, darkness dissipates. The one that we choose to magnify minimizes the other. So choose wisely!
In the gospel of Luke 11:34, it is written, “The eye is the lamp (a portable lamp) of your body; when your eye is clear, (simple, single) your whole body also is full of light; but when it is bad, (toilsome) your body also is full of darkness” (NASB).
This makes me think about crystal and how it reflects light causing its brilliance to bounce off walls and ceilings resulting in an array of colors. Yet without light, its brilliance is diminished. The crystal may just as well have remained under the rubble of earth, tucked away in a cave full of darkness.
Comparing ourselves to crystal means that with more light in our mind there is more transparency. It is then when we begin to see ourselves from a brighter view and from that springs visibility and self-worth, as well as the absolute worth of another.
More light means more realization and awakening. Paul wrote in Ephesians 5:14, “For anything that becomes visible is light….” More light means better sight!
Don’t just sit there and listen to the darkness! Challenge the dark, erring thoughts with ones that are light-filled.
Christ Jesus spoke these words in 1 John 1:7, “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another…” (ESV).
Often times, all it takes is one small glint to ignite a blaze of aspiration, and from that one spark you can shine!