In life, I tend to seek that which brings me stability, security and protection. I really do not like the unknown. I like clarity and peace and light.
And yet, life does not always give me these things. There are times when life challenges, when I have doubts and questions and darkness. There are times when I experience chaos.
I doubt that any of us like darkness and confusion. And yet, darkness is not intrinsically bad, and confusion is not evil. We only need read the book of Genesis. It tells us that God created, not out of calm and peace, tranquility and light, but out of chaos, darkness, and emptiness.
And so I learn, chaos is not intrinsically bad. It is a time when God can draw near and create something new. It can be a time of transformation.
I need to remember, when I have faith, it means I can see below the surface, that I can meditate and understand life at a deeper level, that I look at life in a different way. The same is true for understanding darkness and confusion. Instead of using this as a way to lose faith, I use it to strengthen mine. I know that such times are times of waiting, times of gestation, times of new life, and times of revelation. And no matter how many times I've gone through it, I find that each time is different, each time challenges me in a new way, each time the creation brings forth a new aspect of my life that I did not expect.
And so I would say that we should never let the challenges of darkness shake us. For in truth, it can be a time when we discover a new realm of spirituality, a different way of living. In accepting darkness when it comes, we will eventually find a new revelation and creation. And that new creation is within each one of us who endures and has the vision of faith.