The photos don't do them justice - black skies to the north and east, brilliant blue skies to the south and west. They presented a striking contrast of light and darkness.
We read in Exodus of the time when there was light in the homes of the children of Israel, but darkness over Egypt, darkness that could be felt. (Exodus 10:21-23) Perhaps you've visited an underground cavern and experienced the complete black out when all lights are shut off for a moment. It is not a darkness that can be felt but it is total. The guide strikes one match and that tiny flame dispels the intense darkness. Light is powerful.
The rebellion of Satan and of man brought darkness into our world. When the Lord Jesus was arrested in Gethsemane, He admitted to the religious leaders, "This is your hour, and the power of darkness." (Luke 22:53 NKJV) That power seemed to have reached its peak as Jesus hung on the cross and the land was dark from midday for three hours.
Rather it was the ultimate victory of the One who came to bring light into the world. (John 12:46) Just as we choose to focus on the sunlight or the dark clouds, we are free to align ourselves with Christ who Peter describes as "Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light." (1 Peter 2:9 NKJV)
.....And not only light in terms of personal freedom from the dominion of Satan, but a source of light to those around us. Anyone enjoying the blessings of living with Christ can share all that He has given, the truth of His Word, with others. Like one match lit in an underground cave, a single believer sharing the gospel can be a powerful force against darkness in his or her sphere of influence.