I could ask the darkness to hide me
and the light around me to become night—
but even in darkness I cannot hide from you.
To you the night shines as bright as day.
Darkness and light are the same to you.
Whoa. This is rich. Even when we make deals and agreements with darkness, and try to hide ourselves from the light, the Lord will never leave us. So even our darkness is like light to Him - He sees us, we are never hidden. He will never turn away and we are never out of His loving gaze. Where there is Love there is no darkness. So come into the light because you’re already there anyway, and let the light touch all the parts of you that feel the need to hide.
9 Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. 10 But if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.” 11 After saying these things, he said to them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I go to awaken him.”
43 When he had said these things, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out.” 44 The man who had died came out, his hands and feet bound with linen strips, and his face wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”
This has been my favorite bible story for years. Jesus knows that Lazarus is dead and in the darkness of death. This imagery easily translates to one not yet knowing the Lord or not walking in the way of life. Jesus says if you aren’t walking in the light you will stumble in the darkness, and then immediately points to Lazarus and says, let’s go wake him up. Jesus is not confused about the state of Lazarus as he lay in darkness. He knows full well. And He is not incapable of helping, instead He says, let’s go wake him! Nothing is daunting or too big for Jesus. No grip of death or darkness holds Him.
And then He simply says to Lazarus: COME OUT. And He tells Lazarus’ friends and family to unbind his death clothes and further set him free. Um did you catch that? - He just invited us into healing and freedom and release to each other. Jesus raised Lazarus out of darkness, and then called his community around him to take off the old chains Jesus had unlocked for Laz.
All that to say, even in darkness we cannot hide from Jesus. He sees us, He knows our state, and He brings us to the light if we’re willing to go there with Him.