In the dark...
'...when Paul opened his eyes he could see nothing.' Acts 9. 8
Darkness can be scary. In the light we can see where we are going. We can get our bearings. We feel safer and maybe more confident.
In the dark there is uncertainty. When we can't see our surroundings we can be disorientated. Real darkness can be overwhelming. It can fill us with fear.
Paul was plunged into darkness when he met the risen Jesus one day when he least expected it. He had been on his way to seek out and imprison Christians in Damascus. In a dramatic encounter, Paul hears the voice of Jesus and falls to the ground. When he gets up, he opens his eyes but cannot see. His world is plunged into darkness.
Author Barbara Brown Taylor writes: New life starts in the dark. Whether it is a seed in the ground, a baby in the womb, or Jesus in the tomb, it starts in the dark.
Perhaps you find yourself in darkness at the moment? Jesus does not promise that following him means we will always know light and happiness and fun. But even (and especially) in the dark places God is at work, bringing new life, just as he did for Paul.
Have you ever known God bringing new life in the dark?
Is it possible to give thanks for the darkness?