God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day. (Gen 1:3-5)
It is interesting to me that God creates light but not darkness. It looks to me like darkness is not anything in itself. It is simply the absence of light.
Everything good casts a shadow. Like this:
You get the idea.
I can curse the darkness or I can recognize the fact that where there is darkness (the absence of God), there must be light (the presence of God). As John put it:
The light is shining in the darkness (John 1:5a)
Sometimes it feels like the darkness will swallow up the light. This is not true. John continues…
The light is shining in the darkness and the darkness did not overcome it. (John 1:5)
Sometimes I get stuck in the shadows. I try to remember to live in hope, to keep in mind that if there’s a shadow, there’s a light. To trust that light always extinguishes darkness, never the other way around.