To love beauty is to see light. -Victor Hugo
Some may say there’s no beauty to be seen in the dark . . .
perhaps believe that darkness is the absence of light . . .
or preach that only dark things happen in the dark.
But not me.
I’ve found a secret place in the dark…where sorrows, pain, and grief burst forth in a melody of tears that only God hears.
An alone place, a hidden-from-view chamber of the soul, where only the Spirit sustains breath and heart.
Dark is not empty. Dark is not where only evil and despair dwell.
Once fearful of the dark, a girl with a broken innocence and a woman determined to conquer her own pains, I was blind.
I wanted faith to be birthed in the light, for transformation to follow my clock and calendar—to be quick, on time…methodical and pain-free.
I spent years avoiding the darkest places of my own history, my own sorrows, and my own heart. The very places where the vision to see The Light could be developed.
Faith is not rational. Scripture tell us it is the evidence of things unseen.
In blindness we see light. In death to self we receive the life of resurrection.
Fear tells us to avoid the pain and the dark, yet faith is not the antidote to that fear.
Faith becomes faith here, where Love lives. In the arms of the One who embraces us in the dark. We are never alone, never forsaken, and never abandoned to the dark. He is there.
Fear not. We need no faith beyond a mustard seed (a tiny, tiny speck) to enter the hurting places.
Looking up through the tears we behold the light – the unseen light that dispels the darkness even in the midst of it.
This light is a miracle.
Defying human understanding, control, scientific and logical reasoning, . . .
The light of God simply is.
We “never walk in darkness.”
There is beauty to be found in the dark.
The light and life of Jesus and the beauty of ourselves — healed, restored, and transformed into His image.
From glory to glory,
Linda has been learning to see the beauty in the dark during her 3+ years suffering with disabling chronic physical pain.
© Linda Crawford 2013