Turning Darkness into Light


Turning Darkness into Light

By Susie Teramura

Paint and tissue paper

All over the floor,

Trying to

Follow the assignment

Of making beautiful

Big bold blooms.

So I cut

Poppy -red petals,

And snip

Pumpkin- orange blooms.

Sage -green leaves

Create a stalk

For them

To hold onto,

And then

I add my

Favorite color

Sunny yellow

All over the place.

But then, teacher

Says we must

Add darks

To create

Shadow and depth

So the colors

Will pop.

But I

Don’t want to.

I like only

The happy colors.

So I pause,

And think

About that.

And come to

The conclusion

That I must

Follow the instructions

If I am ever

to learn and grow

And make

More beautiful art.

So reluctantly,

I cut dark tissue

In all different shapes

And glue them on.

I stand back

And look,

“It’s awful,


I think

To myself,

But I hear

Her voice

In my head,

“It’s just one layer,”

So I

Press on.

But as I do,

I reflect slowly,

And realize

This same conflict

Exists in the

Heart of me.

I want only

Bright happy things

In the story

Of my life.

I don’t want

The dark things

To spoil my

Fairytale dream.

But You

Lean in

To talk

With me

And impress

Upon my heart

These things,

Life’s  dark things

 Have a purpose

And job to do.

They teach me

To depend

On You.

There are things

You can teach me

Only in the dark

It’s in the hard

Suffering kind

Of things

Where I can

Feel you most,

God of all comfort

Showing kindness

to me

You meet

my needs

And tend

to me.

In those dark places,

And spaces

I find You there

In beautiful ways,

And out of the

Darkness I find

A whole new

Garden growing.

Sitting back, I look at

My work.

Surprised by what I see,

Oranges and


and pinks

Big bold blooms

Are jumping off

The canvas

Towards me.

Where did

All those darks go?

They’ve been

Covered and

 Cared for

By the one

Who loves

Me so.

2 Samuel 22:29

You, Lord, are my lamp; the Lord turns my darkness into light.

Job 12:22

He reveals the deep things of darkness and brings utter darkness into the light.


even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.


You, Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.

Jeremiah 31:3

…. “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.

17 thoughts on “Turning Darkness into Light

  1. Oh Susie, this brings tears to my eyes. You have encouraged me so much. I need to remember that life’s dark things have a purpose and a job to do. That out of the darkness God grows a whole new beautiful garden. Thank you for this. It’s amazing what spiritual lessons you learn as you create art. I love that you share them with us. Blessings and hugs to you! I hope you are fully recovered from the pneumonia.

    1. Hi Trudy, I am so glad it blessed you-I prayed that it would be His words today and encourage someone- So thankful that someone was you! Those darks are so hard to accept but if we could believe he’s making unspeakable beauty out of them it might help us to press through I think? Anyway thankful for your encouragement and friendship on this journey towards more of Him! with hugs! xoxxo

  2. Susie,
    This is just beautiful! (One of your best ever?) All the comparisons of life and art and dark places and lessons learned come to life through your words. I can relate! I want to rip out, erase and destroy all the sad or difficult times out of my history so I only have bright shining places to remember, but it’s the dark places that give us depth and perspective and we just can’t achieve that any other way, can we?

    What a beauty that verse in Psalms is that you shared that the deep things of darkness can be lit through God’s using them in our lives. Only through his touch can dead and dark things be brought to life and repurposed for even greater beauty!

    Love this! xoxo

  3. Hi Valerie! I am so grateful for your encouragement- (I almost didn’t post his because i didn’t think it was good enough. I found it really hard to put words on my thoughts about this and thought it was a bit all over the place – so really appreciate it )I am so glad you liked it and understood what i was getting at! I am learning to accept the dark hard things so that he can do just what you wrote repurpose it- If i just gloss over it and don’t make them mine- then healing can’t come or at least takes longer to come I think? Anyway- have a beautiful, restful, evening! with much love xoxox

    1. I also trying to stay, look deeper into the dark places and ask God, what is there here that I’m missing? What do you have for me here? Because really, he has something for us in all that happens to us, doesn’t he? Nothing is wasted and if I gloss over it or discard it, then I’ve lost the purpose in the pain and yes, just as you said, healing takes much longer to come! Even though they aren’t enjoyable times, doing the opposite with disappointment and pain, is somehow freeing in God’s upside down world! And it’s only for those of us who search him out, who find him!

  4. The layers. Looked at alone, the bad in our lives just look ugly and out of place, but they are layered over each other and mixed in with the good and become a masterpiece. Love the visual you inspire!

  5. Love your words and the comments too. They were a reminder that I needed.
    Many years ago, I took classes in Amish quilting and the need for the dark fabrics to brighten the quilts, especially in the night. The brighter colors sing out in the dim light of oil lamps.

    1. Hi Elaine, Thanks for sharing this! I love amish quilts! 🙂 I took a quilting class before with my mom. My mom has become quite an expert!! (me not as much! It takes me a few years to finish one!! ) Anyway I didn’t know that about the quilts but can see how that would be true- very interesting! Anyway, grateful our Father makes something beautiful with all the scraps and pieces of our lives! with love

  6. Hallelujah! He is there with us in the light and in the dark. He covers us and loves us through all that we go through. This is just wonderful and honest and filled with depth. So glad I came by from Janis’.

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