Day and Night
Don’t ask me why, but I woke up at two o’clock in the morning today wondering about the mysteries of good and evil. I know what you’re thinking, but I’ve already tried medication. I was probably subconsciously pondering a discussion I had with a friend who (not unlike me) is going through some very wearisome circumstances in her life right now. We talked until bedtime about the calamities of life that can seem downright intolerable, and we wondered (like most people do) why such difficulties keep occurring. When will life just become peaceful and joy-filled for at least a six-month period? Why does life have to be so hellish?
As I sat in the dark in my office, I recalled my post last week about Adam and Eve. I remembered reading how “in the beginning . . . darkness was over the surface of the deep,” and the light had to be separated from the darkness. It occurred to me that the light and the dark (the good and the bad) exist concurrently and have since the beginning. In fact, according to the story it was darkness that first loomed over the earth before God produced the light and divided it from the dark. He didn’t eliminate it, He divided it. So many good and beautiful things lived and flourished between the day and the night, but the night remained with glimmers of smaller light always present to “govern the night.” Never was it decided that there should not be darkness again, but rather the two should be separated and the light (no matter how small) would always rule. Then I recalled the crucifixion — the epitome of hell on earth existing simultaneously with heaven on earth. That which seems excruciating and intolerable exists in unison with love and peace.
These opposing and contradictory forces, heaven and hell (darkness and light) do not collide and explode. They coexist, and the light always guides the dark if we let it. What a valuable lesson! I must remember that there has always and will always be times of darkness and light — day and night — and all of those moments that occur in between (dusk, dawn, twilight, etc.). To expect or wait for times without darkness is to hope for something that has never existed since before Creation. The trick is to let the darkness be without constantly disputing it (a futile practice), and to notice the light (no matter how small) that is always present, flickering, and guiding us through even the darkest nights.
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