Researchers from MIT have developed a technology that can render objects in total darkness visible. The engineers taught a deep learning system to recognize the underlying patterns within 10,000 photos taken in a sealed room with no light, training the system to break down noisy images into usable visual information. Such technology could help doctors view patients’ tissue without damaging their cells, and it could help astronomers see even more clearly into deep outer space.
God seems to do his best work without the benefit of light. Whether it’s creating the heavens and the earth that mankind is still discovering, delivering Israel from bondage, or providing salvation to those still living in darkness. One of His greatest creative works performed in the dark are babies. They are built within the unlit walls of their mothers’ wombs. Who except God could form the spectacular structure of the human body in the dark? Unlike a surgeon and his assistants who work in a brightly lit operating room, our God works without lights or assistants. Man uses ultrasounds trying to figure out what’s going on in the womb, not knowing God allows these medical miracles to give us a glimpse of his handiwork.
Often, we find ourselves in dark places, sad, broken, and disappointed. Could it be during these times that God is doing his best work in us? I believe that, for the disciples, what three years of living with Jesus failed to accomplish, three days of living without Him certainly did. Three days in the dark. Three days of not understanding why. Three days of fear, more like outright terror. Three days of what if? It must have seemed like a lifetime.
Are you there today? A life-threatening illness or heart-wrenching tragedy, a broken relationship, or dreams that seem impossible are causing you to stumble along in the darkness of God’s workshop. Only your faith in the unseen God causes you to know that eventually, the darkness will give way to the morning’s light. And when the light of day shines on the work of God’s hands, there is no blemish or second best to be found. It is perfect, finished without fault or blemish. Whatever God does is always his best work. Trust him, especially in the dark.