Friday, November 13, 2009

Beauty of Darkness--Antoinette R. Banks

What Paul writes to the Church of Corinthin 2 Corinthians 5:7 “For we walk by faith and not by sight,” is an example of a poetic paradox. For the unbeliever, Faith seems to be an absurd “idea,” but to the Believers Faith is essential; it is, in fact, poetic. As Believers we clutch onto our faith walking into the dark; as seeds to soil.

In order for a seed to grow it must be plunged into the earth, covered in darkness. It is there, in the opaque since of isolation, where the seed begins to expand and roots form. Because Faith in its self is somewhat of a dark mystery, we must not be afraid of the dark, but meditate on the growth potential.
Within our quiet times at home when our best friend is unreachable, when you can’t turn on your computer to get on Facebook, when our neighbors won’t answer the door and after the dust has settled, it’s just you…in the dark, contemplating your situations--know that your Faith is what pulls you through.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). At the extremes we find truth and unlock the secrets of paradox. At the extremes we find our faith.