When I was a little girl I lost access to my dad when my mother and I left the country. My dad saw us off at the airport. I was just a baby, but the sadness of his face was edged into my memory and stuck with me. Transferring a father image to God is a common thing. And so, as a young kid growing up, I often imagined God’s face to be sad. The priestly blessing the Lord gave to Moses however tells a different story (Numbers 6:24-26):
“The Lord bless you
and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you
and give you peace.”
God is light. His face shines. There is no darkness in Him at all. All life flows through Him, and He is forever connected to everything He has created.
God’s connection to us is a one-way-street if He is not part of our lives. Suppose we say that we share life with God, but we have things to hide that we are ashamed of. Well, that does not work at all. Whether we hide from Him or not, He sees us; but He will be extremely delighted to see us coming out of the closet and bring those skeletons along that we have been storing out of sight. Lies and deceit isolate us. There is no lonelier place to be.
Our soul is made for fellowship, and fellowship does not happen in the dark. It only happens outside the closet, in the light. The secret to intimacy is staying in the light. And when darkness creeps in, we openly admit to it. We don’t try to hide it.
Jesus died on the cross on a hill in plain view. All the darkness was dragged out into the light for public display. That’s exactly how darkness gets beat every time: by pointing a spotlight right into the heart of it. Exposing darkness is overcoming it. And the blood of Jesus, God’s wonderful Son, seals the deal. The toxic effects of our failures and regrets are all washed away as we step into the light and trust His mercies that are new every morning.
We are able to connect when we walk in the light. Sharing life with God and people, we will never be alone.