Night is coming when no one can work. --John 9:4b
It is a place of silence and hiddenness. The darkness, that is. The darkness is a place where growth occurs unseen, unknown. That darkness is as necessary as the light. While the light gives us the possibility of putting hand to plow to accomplish the work before us, the night is the womb of rest and preparation. Because there is always so much to do, we are eager to stay in the light in order to produce the results that are expected of us. But, without the darkness our work in the light is handicapped.
The strongest danger of our results-driven mindset is that we move too quickly – and in our quickness we become hesitant to allow things to grow in their own time. The German poet Rilke writes, “all is gestation and then bringing forth.” When we are too anxious to bring something forth into the light without waiting for gestation in the darkness, what is brought forth is often stunted.
There’s no need to avoid darkness and gestation just as there’s no need to bury our light under a bushel. Just as the darkness of a moonless night slowly and surely drops away to allow the first casting of dawn to rise from the distant horizon, so we can trust that we can allow our work to be hidden in the darkness until it is ready to greet the light.
O God, let patience surround me like a soft warm cloak on a cold winter’s eve.
These meditations written by Renee Miller first appeared at www.explorefaith.org
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