The inky jet of night blanketed the earth in deafening silence. Stillness. Thoroughness. A billion stars scattered tiny points of light high above me. But the complete darkness outside my window remained — heaven’s light was out of view.
Much like my own inward light.
Where is God When Complete Darkness Shrouds Me?
There was a time a few years ago when I merely existed, walking numb through each day waiting for the next one to come.
The darkness reflected my thoughts — thoughts of discouragement. Depression. Where was my light of joy and peace? When did I let go of hope? And when did I start focusing on the darkness and not on the face of my God?
That wasn’t like me.
But nevertheless, that’s where I found myself.
I often thought about the tiny points of light high above me, out of view, and considered a favorite image from scripture in Job 38, “ … when the morning stars sang together, and all the angels shouted for joy … ”
Were the morning stars heralding the coming of the dawn, joining voices with the angels around the throne of God — even in this darkness outside my window and in my heart?
It’s possible, especially in my imagination.
But I think there’s more to it than that.
What is the Morning Star?
Just before the dawning of each new day, a bright light appears in the eastern sky — the morning star. It’s brighter than all other stars and appears when the night is at its darkest, just before our Creator God paints the heavens with ribbons of apricot and splashes of lavender celebrating the rising of the sun.
The morning star.
Perhaps the stars of the morning were singing to proclaim the presence of THE morning star breaking through the darkness in the eastern sky.
Jesus said He is the Morning Star. “ … I am the root and the offspring of David, the bright and Morning Star” (Revelations 22:16).
And Peter gave us more information, “And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts” (2 Peter 1:19)
Isn’t that just like Jesus to break through our darkness at just the right moment, and draw us into His marvelous light?
That’s what He did for me in those difficult, darkened days.
He opened my eyes that I might see Him and whispered with His delicate voice until His love rose in my heart — that reassurance that all was well with my soul, the reassurance that He holds the whole world in His hands, and even catches the sparrows when they fall.
Does the Light of God Remain Even in Complete Darkness?
What if the stars didn’t sing in the morning light to herald His dawning? What if I don’t sing His praise in my darkest hours? Is He still there? Will He come to my aid and rescue me from the darkness?
Yes. Yes, of course He will.
But how glorious is the moment when praise escapes my lips while tears course down my cheeks and the brilliance of sunrise heralds the dawning of a new day … my new day.
Your new day.
For our God is an awesome God, full of wonder, great in love.
And though darkness fall about us, He is there, waiting — waiting for the perfect moment to break through the inky jet of night and spill His brilliant light over all that pertains to us.
Hope. Joy. Peace … His precious peace.
Let the morning stars rejoice in the darkness, for THE morning star — our Jesus — is appearing, right on time.
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Sweet blessings to you,