A diamond is most effectively displayed against a black background.
Total darkness is needed in order to see the stars in all their glory.
This gem shines in the center of the bleakest of books, as Jeremiah wept over the total devastation of his beloved land:
The faithful love of the LORD never ends!
His mercies never cease.
Great is his faithfulness;
his mercies begin afresh each morning. (Lamentations 3:22-23)
And Habakkuk’s triumphal climax arises from a scenario of total ruin:
Even though the fig trees have no blossoms,
and there are no grapes on the vines;
even though the olive crop fails,
and the fields lie empty and barren;
even though the flocks die in the fields,
and the cattle barns are empty,
yet I will rejoice in the LORD!
I will be joyful in the God of my salvation! (3:17-18)
Lord, help me to remember that my little candle can make a bigger difference as the darkness closes in around us. May it shine brightly until the dawn of Your return!