See, darkness covers the earth
and thick darkness is over the peoples,
but the LORD rises upon you
and his glory appears over you.
Nations will come to your light,
and kings to the brightness of your dawn.
Is there anything darker than what the world witnessed in the shocked and bewildered faces of the Japanese refugees who lost everything in the tsunami? Their homes and possessions, their livelihoods, their friends and family? Is there anything worse than a mother describing how she lost her grip on her daughter’s hand, to watch her swept away in the waters? Is there anything thicker than the darkness that covers these stoic people with the deep despair of fear of the unknown?
There is something darker. Darkest of all is separation from God.
There is no loss to compare with that abyss.
As Job said in the midst of his desperation, after he too lost everything, all at once: “I know my Redeemer lives…”
He had lost everything, but not that certainty.
And with that certainty, there is a new dawn.