“Vulnerability is the only path to true intimacy.”
Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – February 6, 2021
Even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is as bright as the day, for darkness is as light to you. Psalm 139:12 (NRSV)
Relationships are a source of life’s greatest joys, as well as some of its most acute pains and sorrows. If you live in relationship with another person, you open yourself up to a daily opportunity to be truly known. To live in relationship is to be vulnerable, and vulnerability is the only path to true intimacy. Yet vulnerability means we let down our defenses and learn to trust the other, whether that be a spouse, a family member, or a close business associate.
When vulnerability is exploited or taken advantage of, every impulse within us wants to recoil and retreat. It is a painful and disorienting experience, one that moves us from the calm of the day into the chaos of the night. And true as that may be, we must remember that every difficulty is an invitation into growth. Every season of darkness is an opportunity to encounter afresh the light of Christ in that place.
There is no darkness that cannot be overcome by the light of God. In fact, as the psalmist reminds us, our experience of darkness is affected by our sinful brokenness and limited vision. We are only able to see what’s right in front of our eyes – the immediate feelings of betrayal or the harmful words spoken in a moment of passion – and miss the way this moment of darkness fits into the overarching story of the life and light of God.
“He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what is in the darkness, and light dwells with him” (Daniel 2:22).
We must learn to see the world as God sees it. We choose to believe that the darkness we perceive and encounter is not the final word and will not overtake us. The invitation before us today is to gain “night vision,” to cling to the hope and belief that even in profound darkness, we are able to see. We believe that every season of challenge contains within it the hope of redemption, the promise of a brighter day, that morning will always follow night. That death is defeated by life. That the cross gives way to the empty tomb.
Father, help us to see the world as you see it, believing there is no darkness that you cannot overcome, we pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Invite the Lord into your place of greatest relational pain or brokenness, believing he can transform it by the light of his life.
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