The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep.
And God said “Let there be light! (Genesis 1:1,2)
What a difference light can make. We all know what dark or darkness means but to get a full understanding I pulled out my faithful dictionary to see the various aspects of this word.
It can mean entirely or partly without light and it also can mean gloomy, hidden or secret, hopeless or dismal. Wow – some of what I read about this word surprised me.
The other word that interested me in this passage was void. This word can mean, total emptiness, holding or containing nothing, a vacuum, a feeling of emptiness or deprivations.
Sitting at the computer and staring at the screen I let the meaning of these words be absorbed in my brain. The more I thought about this the comparison to times and events in my life somehow amazingly became clear.
Every one of us at times walks through those dark moments of despair and hopelessness. For some there comes are times of deep depression and we just want to curl into a ball, hide in the darkness of a room and pull ourselves into a black hole. We pray and hope that this condition will pass while we wish for the light to penetrate.
Others will just experience the gloomies. Has anyone ever said to you to “stop being gloomy? You just can’t seem to get out of the doldrums and feel there is a black cloud hanging over you.
Perhaps you have experienced some or all of these things. Dealing with this is not easy. I can tell you that into these situations God can step into the situation and with authority says “let there be light.” Sometimes that light comes in the form of a professional counselor trained to help us work through our deep depression and find the light we need to shine in our lives. In His love God sends to us those that care and love us to bring a ray of light and sunshine into the gloom. When we call on Him He pours his love and healing balm into our hurting hearts and his forgiveness allows us to let go of our secret sins and the hopelessness we experience at times.
It is God that knows just what we need and He leads us into our path of discovery when He says with loving authority; LET THERE BE LIGHT.
The other interesting word was void. “The earth was without form or void.” Many today experience this. There is a vacuum or a feeling of emptiness and the nothingness within screams to be filled. We try to fill this void with things, jobs, money, success – you name it – yet in trying all of this we remain empty and containing nothing.
On the horizon of our emptiness and void stands a loving savior waiting to be invited into our lives. He will not push his way in or demand to be a part of our lives. It is our choice. He created us with a “God shaped space” that can only be filled by him. Nothing else can satisfy. When He comes he brings the ray of sunshine that creeps through the window of our souls and sets us on a path of goodness. The first light of His presence found in forgiveness soon expands and fills the emptiness and the loneliness. That small ray of light gives us the courage to have faith and faith grows as we walk in his light.
Today God says to our individual lives once filled with darkness and void, “LET THERE BE LIGHT.”