When the Lights Go Out

Chic Broersma

Read: Psalm 139:1-12

Even the darkness is not dark to you. (v. 12)

I drove to the hospital. A parishioner of mine was anticipating surgery. She was fearful. What will happen when the lights go out, she wondered, after she received the anesthetic? I read from Psalm 139:11-12, “If I say, ‘Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,’ even the darkness is not dark to you.” She was reassured. Dark for her won’t be dark to God.

Indeed as others have noted, God has a record of accomplishing great works in the darkness. When God set out to form and fill the world, “darkness was over the face of the deep” (Gen. 1:2). When Israel fled Egypt, God provided a pillar of fire to accompany them in the darkness. When Jacob fled his brother Esau, he wrestled with God in the dark of night. When Jesus died for our sins, darkness fell upon the earth for three hours. Jesus arose on Easter Sunday morning to give us eternal life. His redemptive work began in the darkness of the tomb.

Reflect on your spiritual journey. When did God speak to you in unforgettable terms? Wasn’t it often at night? Perhaps it was when you had your own “wrestling match” with God, when he was calling you to a certain path you had long resisted. Does your present path seem dark? Are you confused about which way to go or what to do? Call upon the Lord who to this day still does great things in the darkness.

—Chic Broersma

Prayer: In light or dark I am yours, O Lord.