Wednesday 16 November 2022
What would it be like to discover,
everything we thought was light
is actually dark?
If the Holy Spirit guided us,
we might see instead of darkness everywhere
the wonders of creation.
Truly, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.
Therefore consider whether the light in you is not darkness.
Words of Grace For Today
To know what is evil and depart from it and to know that what one has considered light is actually darkness … well these are two very difficult things to imagine any human is ever capable of pulling off.
Yes, departing from a little sin here and there is something most people pull off once in a while, maybe a few times a month or so, but …
It’s an entirely different thing to leave all evil behind, to depart from it as clearly as a train departs the station or an airplane the runway, or perhaps more accurately, as a spaceship headed towards Mars on a one way mission lifts off from the launchpad never to return again …. That kind of departing from evil is seldom seen, and even more seldom actually chosen by the person departing from the ‘dark side.’
Yes, knowing what is light, and finding one’s way using it, and knowing what is darkness and not trying to navigate one’s life in it, are understandable things, but …
Discovering that what one thought of as light is actually dark, now that takes a monumental amount of self-awareness and situational awareness in God’s creation that would be completely contrary to everything one used up to that point to navigate one’s way in life. That is, well, for all humans, just impossible, unless it’s a fairy tale or fiction or a lie.
The most we can do is pray out of fear and love for God (for just fearing God helps not much) that God would help us discern Good from Evil, Light from Darkness, and God’s Will from our own flawed wills.
The light of day arrives and turns into the dark of night, the weeks turn to months and years, and joy turns to sorrow, as easily as the seasons turn and rain turns to snow and snow melts back to water,
but God’s promises are forever, as much as truth is always truth and lies always lies.
On God’s promises we place our trust and all reason we have to find joy and hope each day. So onward it is …
It’s time to head on in to another day, secured in goodness only by God’s good grace towards us.