“Darkness will end”, our Pastor said to us this Sunday. I guess I could say I’ve known that all along, but the Holy Spirit brought these words as fresh revelation and something to be considered.
Driving to work this morning the sun was pushing its way toward the front as the clouds stood their ground. Shadows danced along the road and I tried to imagine a world without them. Surprisingly, It seemed sad to me as I pondered living in perpetual light. Even now as I look around our house shadows cast interesting patterns and seem to add a depth to their space.
Is it my rebellious nature that still longs for a bit of darkness? A handy shadow to duck into when walking out the light of the gospel seems too difficult and I grope around looking for a fig leaf. A gossamer veil to hide my face as I sit and stay a while with my sin.
Or is it that I don’t know what I would do without my suffering? Have its fibers been so deeply woven into my tapestry that I can’t begin to imagine the unraveling? I often lament all I’ve gone through, but at times I find myself covering myself up with it all like a comfy old blanket.
My husband, daughter and I recently went on a much anticipated road trip. As we drove mile after empty mile through the barren places of our state the land opened wide in spots. It was a beautiful day and for the most part the sun was winning but at times the clouds rallied. Maybe it was boredom or maybe it was all that flat terrain but as I watched the clouds, they seemed to be racing forward, swallowing the light. If I didn’t know better, I would have thought they called us out for a little competition along this long stretch of highway.
My life has often felt that way. As if no matter how hard I run, darkness is one lap ahead. Taunting me to forget how far I’ve come and attempting to block my view of the beauty along the roadway.
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21: 1-4
God Himself will be with us. He will wipe away every tear. Death shall be no more. There will be no mourning, no crying, no pain.
Darkness will end.
How many of us are praying, desperate for the night to end in some area of our life?
The Bible says, “And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb. And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb.” Revelation 21:22-23
“having the glory of God, its radiance like a most rare jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal.” Revelation 21:11
“And the twelve gates were twelve pearls, each of the gates made of a single pearl, and the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.” Revelation 21:21
I find such joy in loving a God who makes all worldly treasures pale in comparison to His beauty. A God so vast and wonderful that our finite minds simply cannot begin to fathom Him; yet He walks with us in such nearness and intimacy.
He is pure radiant light; power and majesty without measure, description or end.
I think of all the ways I try to fill what feels empty. I remember the wrong paths I’ve walked as I have tried to numb, forget or deny what hurts. The places in my heart that I hide from myself and pretend to hide from God. I think of all the holes I’ve foolishly tucked myself into as I try to shelter myself from the storms.
Suddenly the thought of a future free of shadows isn’t sad to me at all.
I’m so grateful for all the ways His light has dispersed my darkness. He continues to heal me and set me free in new ways, but I could talk all day of the stories of how faithful He has already been to restore, redeem and make new.
“This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all.” 1 John 1:5
Jesus has won the victory.
Darkness will end and we will forever be whole in the light of His presence.
May our great hope urge us forward to tell all who will listen.