Join the Dark Side!

darkness can be good

I grew up in a small town in Upstate South Carolina. For those of you who are House of Cards fans, it’s the hometown of Frank Underwood. I learned a lot from that small town, and owe a lot to it. I learned about a true sense of community, family, friendships, and much more. Also, I learned something else there that is rare and almost impossible to experience in larger metropolitan cities. I learned about DARKNESS.

Now when that word is said in the context of a Christian blog post, it has a negative connotation. But I’d like to shed some light on this (see what I did there) and give you a different view.

My argument is simple. Darkness isn’t bad.

Back to my Hometown…

At night in Gaffney, in the suburbs (yes Gaffney has suburbs), there is an extreme darkness unlike anything you would experience in the city. When there is light anywhere around, it pollutes the darkness and blocks you from seeing anything else. But here you can see more stars than you’ve ever seen. The stars don’t go away during the day, or in a big city, they are hidden by the light, whether it’s the sun or man-made.

Darkness is considered bad, but it is very good at one thing… Showing light. When there is absolutely ZERO light around you, the stars are much brighter and clearer. You can see constellations and the magnitude of God’s creation much more far off than a few hazy stars. It is clear and magnificent.

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No matter how far away a star is, you can see it when it is dark outside. As soon as the sun comes up, or walk into a city with man-made lights, those stars get harder and harder to see.

In the beginning, there was darkness.

The first thing God did was create light. But note, that He didn’t get rid of the darkness, He separated the two. And for the most part gave them equal weight in terms of how long each happened. They each have their purpose. God could have very easily made it light all the time. But He knew we needed the darkness, and that it would allow for us to see things we wouldn’t have otherwise seen. Additionally, note that the Spirit of God existed in the darkness!

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.” – Genesis 1:1-2 NIV

Sometimes we get distracted by the “lights” in the world that make it harder and harder to see the things that God has created and put there for us. Maybe God is trying to show you something that you need complete silence and darkness to see. I encourage you to find a place of solitude and darkness so you can experience God unlike you would be able to in a loud and bright world. We need to find time in our lives to find the “darkness” so we can truly experience and be in wonder of God’s bigness and power.

“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned” – Isaiah 9:2 NIV

Now for all you Star Wars fans, it’s hard to think of the word Darkness and not associate it with a villain or something very bad. But even the “Dark Side” in those movies had extreme power. The power was used for evil things.

The point is simple. Darkness isn’t meant to be bad. If you allow it to, darkness can be the best way to see God’s light! Find some darkness (or quiet) in your life and I promise you will be able to see God more clearly!

Written by Charles Hamrick

I am very simply a follower of Christ.  While here, I enjoy the passions that God has given me that include my family, friends, church, sports (specializing in golf), traveling and simply experiencing God's creation to the fullest.  I additionally have a passion for writing and sharing what God is speaking to me on a constant basis.  I love the fact that our creator chooses to use the least of us to communicate His heart to others.

  • Tatyana Claytor

    Charles,
    Thank you for the insightful post! I think the continued conversation on the purpose of darkness could get very interesting. The fact that it is intentional should be a big clue as to its necessity. Some great thoughts here!

  • I like this. Sometimes darkness humbles us enough so that we are ready for the light! http://www.ipunablack.com

  • Virginia Anthony

    Excellent way to make us all remember that darkness was created by God, in the same way He created light…but like you said Charles, He separated the two. We were never told life would be easy, or that the darkness wouldn’t come. It’s in these dark times that we are reminded of the glimmer of light, like a glimmer of hope. Those small stars in the sky that you mentioned Serve a purpose, although small they are still there.

    “Sometimes we get distracted by the “lights” in the world that make it harder and harder to see the things that God has created and put there for us.”

  • Jerry J. Rogers

    Where does His Word say that darkness is light to Him? I could look it up, but need to make use of the darkness He gave us for sleep. Thank you shedding some light on the purpose of darkness.:) Fran

  • Three things:

    #1. Great post!

    #2. “I encourage you to find a place of solitude and darkness so you can experience God unlike you would be able to in a loud and bright world.” – BOOM

    #3. I’m disappointed that the image in this post was not Darth Vader. However, I do appreciate the Star Wars reference.

  • Elizabeth Wharton

    Quite enlightening 😉 thoughts.
    I agree, and would also say that as long as we are fearful of the darkness we will miss what God is trying to show us.
    I’ve personally been through dark seasons in life that God had designed to bring me closer to Him. It was life changing when, instead of frantically trying to find a way out, I simply lied back on the ground in surrender and peacefully looked up at the stars.
    Thank you for sharing!