Tuesday Thoughts: Faith is a Cave and a Stained -Glass Window

Psalm 139:12, KJV: Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.

Faith is trusting God enough to let Him help you see the light alongside the darkness.

Life is seldom total darkness and total sunlight. More often it is a mixture that refuses to separate neatly into its component parts. As anyone who cooks knows, mixtures can be messy and if the cook doesn’t measure the ingredients correctly, the recipe doesn’t turn out as written. Marble cake both from the box and from scratch is a good example. If the baker doesn’t follow the mixing instructions, the mixture isn’t marble, it’s mocha.

We see examples of darkness and light mixtures all around us in our daily lives. Morning light filtering into the bedroom through the blinds, morning coffee with cream, fudge ripple ice cream for desert and Oreos for a snack. We see streetlights outlining the darkness beyond with mixture of both fuzziness circling them and the darkness of a lake meeting the brightness of a lighthouse beacon.

Our human nature separates darkness and light and assigns moral values to both. Human history reveals that this separation has caused centuries of conflict and misery with the idea that one color or mixture of that color is more valuable than the other. God created the ingredients and physics for both colors and according to the Psalmist, He sees them both alike.

Human history and the faith history of humans records that often we try to hide our darkness and sometimes our light from God.  Sometimes we try to shield our natures from ourselves and from others. But being the mixtures of darkness and light that we are, there is always a glimmer of light, a shadow of darkness, or a shade of gray of both.

The heart of our faith history is a mixture. When things are going well, we try to bask in the bright light of our hopes and dreams, but the shadows of reality, circumstances, and being are silhouetted by the light. Sometimes they eclipse the light like a solar or lunar eclipse. They merge as one into our lives.

The Psalmist reminds us that God sees both darkness and light and they are the same to him, whether it is a person or a nature or sin or seeking salvation. He can deal with all shades of darkness and light whether they come in a streetlight, a tunnel, a lack of faith, or shafts of sunlight across a wood floor, and light flowers bursting from dark soil.

Yes, darkness and light are both alike to God.  He sees us in both, He sees us in our mixtures of darkness and light, and he walks beside us in both.