You may have heard that God separated the light from the darkness. You might not have heard where the darkness was stored and how God put it to use.
God stepped onto his canvas. As Light, his presence drove the darkness back. But God decided to put the inky darkness to use. So he stored it in a giant inkwell, intending to create a portrait. A self-portrait. There he stood, pen in hand, one canvas. God decided to write LOVE on his canvas. As he took his pen and drew up the first ink, one drop fell onto the canvas.
This particular type of ink that fell was called Lucifer ink. It was especially adhesive – to itself and to other ink. However, the Lucifer ink could not be part of the word LOVE because it would not remain where God would assign it. It would not adhere to the canvas because it could not let go of itself.
At this point, God – Author and Creator of this canvas – did a most unusual thing. He invited others to participate, to write with him. The first two invitees were a man and a woman. God handed them each a pen, provided them with ink, and told them the plan – to write LOVE. As part of the instructions, God cautioned them about the perimeter. An outline for the word was indicated and God said, “Only write here.”
As the man and the woman began to write, they noticed another source of ink. Outside of the perimeter was the Lucifer ink, surrounded by darkness. The man and the woman heard a voice whisper from the darkness, “Did God really say that you could only use his ink?” The man and the woman saw that this other ink was especially shiny and pleasing to the eye. They began to believe that it would make their word more appealing. With their mouth they said, “This will please the Author,” but with their heart they said, “This will please me.”
Believing the lie that the Author had not given them the best, they both dipped their pen into the Lucifer ink. Immediately they noticed their ink – God’s ink – was pulled away from them and beyond the perimeter. The Lucifer ink, with its adhesive properties, held tightly to their ink and pulled it into the darkness. Pulled it to the very edges of the canvas.
The man and woman did not know what to do. They had not foreseen this consequence. God had told them to write LOVE and shown them where to write, but now there was ink at the far edges of the canvas. Their ink had not created a word, it had created more darkness. They saw that the darkness on the canvas was spreading. In fact, the pen holding the Lucifer ink wanted God’s ink as well. The Lucifer ink was attempting to cover God’s entire canvas in darkness, to drive back the light. You see, the Lucifer ink can only exist in darkness, so this was an act of self-preservation. Powerless to adhere to the canvas by itself, it could only create darkness by drawing away the ink of other writers. This unseen author wanted no one to see a word, but only to see darkness.
God came to check on the man and the woman, but he did not find them writing. He looked down at their pens, seemingly dropped in haste, and he knew. He knew by the streak left behind. Looking up, God saw the two of them huddled along his perimeter. “Where are you?” he asked. Visibly shaken, the woman and man came forward. “We tried to write as you taught us, but we used a different ink – that shiny ink – and it pulled our ink away. Now there is this huge mark on your canvas.” They continued, “We did not know how to fix it, so we hid.”
God looked at them and loved them. “Pick up your pens,” he said. “This is not a problem for me. We will write the word bigger. But that means we will need a lot more writers.”
Questions to consider
*Why would God choose LOVE to be his self-portrait?
*In what ways do you find the Lucifer ink more appealing? Do you find that your mouth and your heart say two different things?