The title above comes from Psalm 104:20 in the NTR, an easy-to-read (Ha ha! As if anything in Romanian is easy!) Romanian translation, “Tu aduci întunericul şi se face noapte; atunci toate fiarele pădurii încep să mişune.” The English translation is, “You bring the darkness, and it becomes night, then all the wild beasts of the forest begin to move about.”
The “you” here is referring to God. There’s an uncomfortable truth here, a really uncomfortable truth if you take time to think about it. This verse says that the God who is light and joy and all things good is also the author and bringer of darkness, even difficulty and trouble.
Imagine you’ve taken a walk alone into the woods. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and life is beautiful. In this heavenly place, you find a tree just off the path and sit down in its shade. Soon enough, the wonder of the place draws your head to drowsiness, your eyelids close, and you dream happy dreams.