It was last Monday that me and a couple of friends went out for a walk. We went to this hill which is a 5 – 10 minute drive from Mapperley, Nottingham. It was here at the top of this hill that we came to what is commonly known in the group as ‘Tom’s Bench’ as it was Tom who named and claimed it. We sat here for some time and we just stared towards the sun set, like a bunch of teens in a coming of age story, like ‘Perks of Being a Wallflower’ or ‘Stand By Me’ or any other film Abed from ‘Community’ would reference.
It was here that we just saw the sun heading down beyond the horizon, and I was reminded of God’s splendor and his divine power. Especially within the story of creation in Genesis.
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” – Genesis 1:1
This is the first thing that most people that would pick up a Bible and read. This is also the first verse that signifies God’s overall power and authority of not just the world but of all creation itself. My main man C.S. Lewis says this:
“No philosophical theory which I have yet come across is a radical improvement on the words of Genesis, that ‘In the beginning God made Heaven and Earth.'” – C.S. Lewis
But yes, I was just amazed at God’s creative Spirit at work throughout the world and specifically in the sunset that I was witnessing. I thought more of the tale told in Genesis. At how God made the light, how he separated the light from the darkness and called each one day and night. Then I was struck by the next phrase:
“Then there was evening, and there was morning, the first day.” – Genesis 1:5b
The reason why I was struck is because in today’s day and age, we normally say that the day begins in the morning and ends in the evening. But in actual fact in the Hebrew tradition, days normally go from nightfall to nightfall. Even though we don’t intend to do this, but we normally say the weekend begins as soons as we have left work on a Friday, even though the weekend technically begins on Saturday. We have somewhat kept this mentality from the Hebrew tradition of days.
There was evening and there morning, day one. I thought about it and I saw the sun setting and darkness about to begin it’s daily duties, and I felt the words come to me just saying
It’s only through darkness that we truly appreciate the light
Since then it has truly resonated with me, and it has resonated (I believe) with the few people that I have shared that with. That when we go through trials that we truly are grateful for the times we are by the still waters.
I can imagine that the disciples were grateful when the storms were ceased by Jesus’ command. I can also imagine Joseph being more than satisfied when he was no longer a slave, or in prison. I think also that through the dark times, we grow substantially in measure and develop much further than we could of if we remained where we were. But also it gives an oppurtunity for us to truly let Christ into our lives and intervene with the situations and predicaments that we are in, so that he can not only help us, but to save us. As Dr. John Andrews once said:
“Light can only serve its function if there is darkness” – Dr. John Andrews
For me, the past year has been a struggle in both good ways and bad ways. I’ve had to learn that not everyone is going to like you, and sometimes people can just be the absolute worst. It is still something that I have to overcome and for the next number of years it is something that I just have to deal with and simply get on with. But I have also learned that I still have to keep my trust in God, through the good times as well as the bad times. Jesus is Lord at the end of the day, whether it feels like it or not.
God bless guys, shall chat again soon.