Darkness is the word for Day 22 of #write28days. As has happened before, I heard words from a song in my mind – Hello darkness, my old friend, I’ve come to talk with you again. You may recognize these lines from The Sound of Silence by Simon and Garfunkel.
I think in some ways the song shows how we can feel like we are in darkness, unable to see or hear. Lots of talking but not really making a sound. A semblance of listening but not really hearing. Even in a crowd we may feel alone.
Why is that?
Some would say technology is the problem, but this song was written in the early 1960’s.
Of course, no one could blame cell phones, tablets or computers at that time. So, maybe the problem goes deeper. Could it be we are all so busy we have no time for being still?
Everyone wants to be heard and seen, accepted for who they are. But with our individualistic culture, encouraging us to put ourselves first, we can’t seem to see each other. We are likely to feel alone and unseen.
A Way Out of the Darkness
It seems we are looking in the wrong places. We want recognition and assurance from other people. We think that validates us. I’m not saying we all think that way either all or part of the time. But it is easy to fall into the trap of comparison.
In fact, there is another way. All of us are seen and heard by God. He knows us better than we know ourselves, because He is our Creator. In fact, He knows everything about us.
Lord, you have searched me and known me.
You know when I sit down and when I stand up;
you understand my thoughts from far away.
You observe my travels and my rest;
you are aware of all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue,
you know all about it, Lord.
You have encircled me;
you have placed your hand on me.
This wondrous knowledge is beyond me.
It is lofty; I am unable to reach it.
If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me,
and the light around me will be night”—
even the darkness is not dark to you.
The night shines like the day;
darkness and light are alike to you.
Because of this, there is no place we are outside the gaze of God. As a result, no matter where we are or what happens, we are never completely alone. That should give us great comfort. We don’t need to be afraid, because He is always with us.
Rest in God
Instead of rushing through life, we can rest in Him. No matter what comes, we can still have peace in our souls. When we are in Him, we are free to reach out to others and be ready to listen.
Unlike the people in the song, we will truly see each other. We will listen, hear and speak with words of understanding.
May we be bold to reach out, to have the hard conversations, to encourage and build each other up.
What are your thoughts? I would love to hear your opinions, even if we don’t always agree.
You can find the rest of my #write28days series HERE.
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