Part of my Bible reading this morning was Psalm 88 which ends with the words “Darkness is my closest friend”. I thought about that as I raced out onto the front porch to see how much my seedlings had grown over the night. Evidently plants absorb energy during the day and then do their growing at night. Darkness is their closest friend. I thought about it even more as I listened to the news from Egypt. In the darkness of the regime ordinary, everyday people have been growing and becoming courageous in ways they would never have discovered if they had lived always in the light.
Have you ever thought about why God created a rhythm of night and day? We want to live eternally in the light of day, but often darkness is our closest friend. It is in the midst of trials and tribulations that we grow fastest and mature into our faith. Plants that are deprived of light become spindly and weak, plants that are deprived of the dark become stunted and never mature. We need both light and darkness to thrive and produce the harvest God intends for us.
Which makes me wonder about the kingdom of God. Will there be darkness there? I am sure that we will continue to grow and mature but will we still need darkness for that to happen? In Revelation it tells us that the new city of God needs neither sun or moon because Christ illuminates it and there is no night. Perhaps that is because when we are closely attuned to the ways of God we grow even in the light, our growth is based on new principles and don’t need darkness for that to happen. To be honest I don’t know and it doesn’t really matter because until that time we still need darkness to grow.
So when you feel caught in the darkness and feel that the dawn will never come, remember those seedlings and take heart. This is a time for growth without which you would never mature and become the person God intends you to be.