I spend a significant portion of my working life in the dark because my job demands that I work shifts. The world can seem a very different place when the sun has gone down, especially in the couple of hours before it rises again and most of the population is asleep.
It is a welcome sight to see the first light of dawn on the horizon at the end of a night shift, because it means that sleep is not far away, and many of the things that happen in the dark will be put on hold until the following night.
I’ve spent 11 and a half years dealing with darkness in my job, not only the darkness of a night shift, but the darkness in the hearts of people, their subsequent dark and evil actions, and the oppression and bondage that so many live under.
Many horrible crimes are committed under the cover of darkness because it affords the perpetrator some level of secrecy and anonymity. Many people go through what they call “a dark place” or “the dark night of the soul” and suffer with circumstances that overwhelm and consume them. Most things die in the dark because they need light to grow and thrive.
I have been through times in my life where I feel like I’m under a cloud of oppression and depression and can’t see a way forward in the darkness, stumbling around and trying to find a chink of light so that I can get my bearings and get orientated. When you’re in the darkness, everything seems so much worse. Have you ever noticed that in the stillness and darkness of the night, your problems seem to grow disproportionately and keep you awake, but in the morning they seem less daunting?
The message of this song and the heart behind it comes straight from the New Testament book of John. In chapter one it says:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
Life can be horribly dark, but there is hope! Darkness can never overcome light. Have you every gone into a room that is too light and “turned on the darkness”? Of course not! Darkness cannot overcome light. Shining a light, even a small one, into a dark place tranforms the area and allows us to see.
Sometimes, we don’t want to see what the light exposes, especially in our own lives, but ultimately we need to reveal what is concealed to the one who created us and knows what is hidden in our lives. There is great freedom in that, because not only does the light of Jesus expose all that is dark in us and in the world, his unconditional love for us in coming to earth and dying to defeat death removes the darkness and all that keeps us from having a full life and a relationship with him.
Jesus said “I am the light of world”. He came to earth as THE light and all who accept this and allow the light to shine into their hearts will have an eternity living in the presence of this light. A light that gives live and gives growth, warmth, and purity. He came shine a light into every dark corner of the earth and bring life and liberty to everyone.
C.S. Lewis said about his faith in Jesus and how his light transforms everything …
“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen; not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else”
I wrote this song when I was going through a dark time and as I sing the words I remind myself that I don’t have to live in darkness. Yes, life can be impossibly hard and I still go through times when I can’t see a way forward and find myself blinded by the darkness that can quickly descend, but I have hope that the light of Jesus is free and available. Allowing it to shine into my life and circumstances by turning to his word in the Bible, praying and spending time in his presence brings peace and clarity that cannot be found anywhere else.
It is my prayer that this song brings some light into your life and that if you’re in a dark place you are not overcome by your circumstances but turn your face towards the light of life.
Where the light shines, darkness cannot overcome!