"I call the dark side of life the left hand of God or the painful mystery of things." - R. Rhor
“Come, let us return to the LORD. He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds. - Hosea
We struggle to understand the mysterious nature of pain and difficulty, often uncomfortable with the place that it has in our everyday lives. The discomfort we feel is relegated to the awkward space of dystopian malevolence which props up our dualistic classifications.
According to some religious traditions God is not involved in the darker aspects of life, especially in any deliberate or causal sense, due to our misunderstanding of how we comprehend God as LIGHT, which generally comes with varying shades of grey in any given moment. Our view of God as a one-sided protagonist for everything pristine and puritanical has created a chasm of separation that can sometimes leave us groping for clarity in our personal darkness, feeling devoid of any comfort, drowning in disapproval. Somehow we think that we have let God down or disappointed the divine to the point of some kind of disjunctive breakdown. Maybe any separation that we perceive is a subjective awareness of our own dehumanisation, a personal disapproval that stems from an innate belief that we are better than this which ironically, exacerbates the compassion and mercy of the outstretched hand of God.
The creative honesty of our soul concurs with the psalmist when she says.. "It's a fact: darkness isn't dark to you; night and day, darkness and light, they're all the same to you."
Just like darkness and light balance the universe with their tender embrace, guiding the terrestrial spheres with elegant precision they are also the guardians of our internality managing our biorhythms through every 24 hour cycle. They bleed into every aspect of our life, shadows of the divine holding us in times of trouble, highlighting times of delight.
The hand of God is comfortable with paradox and the ambiguity that life brings, involved in every aspect of our becoming using every moment to shape us into the kind of people we deserve or desire to be. Don’t be afraid of the darkness, its not as pernicious as you think.
Hold on tight, this is going to be one crazy ride.