I was recently given the opportunity to hear Ann Voskamp speak. Her speaking voice is just as powerful and poetic as her writing voice. She said many things that moved me that night, but one sentence really stood out to me.
You can’t force out the darkness — you can only reflect the Light — so more Light drives out the dark. ~Ann Voskamp
Reflect the Light. When you are reflecting light, you aren’t doing much else. You simply find the light and stand in it. This one quote brought me so much freedom. You see, I am doer. If I am sad, I believe I must work harder at being happy. If I am hurt, I believe I must work at healing my broken heart. If I am lonely, I believe I must work at bringing more people around me. All the darkness in my life must be there because of something I have done and the only way to chase it away is to work harder. Her quote said something to my tired soul. It reminded me that I do not need to work to chase these things out, I need to stand and reflect the Light that is in me.
This reflecting of light reminds me of my favorite type of selfie. When I am out and about with my film cameras, I love to catch myself in the shop windows. While it is easy to find these reflections, there are a few things that are needed to get a good, clear reflection.
First, the shop behind the window must be dark. The darker the better. Second, the light must be hitting you more than it is hitting the window. This way, you are reflecting the light into the darkness.
The darker the shop… the more of your reflected light you can see.
If the shop is perfectly dark, but you are not in the light, then what is in the light will be reflected.
But if you find where the light is and stand in it, then you will be reflected perfectly into the darkness… and into the messiness.
So all I am doing, is standing in the light. Just standing. And the light does the work. The light shines into the darkness and the darkness cannot extinguish it. The light is doing all the work, not me.
I must remember this truth. So that, when I am sad, brokenhearted, or lonely, I stand in the truth of Psalm 34:18, “The Lord is near the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” I don’t need to work through my darkness, I just need to stand and know that the Light will take care of my darkness. My job is to simply stand in the Light.
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