It comes like a heavy blanket, oppressive and suffocating.
It perverts perspective, making us feel confused, alone.
When darkness comes, it tries to destroy our joy.
It’s not welcome and usually comes when we least expect it.
Lately, I feel it’s grip.
I see the darkness as I watch my African daughter grieve. I sense it when there is conflict in my home. I feel it in the struggle as we are engaging in God’s work on the other side of the globe right now. The more I know, the more I suffer.
Jesus allows the darkness in our lives–the struggles, trials, the valley of the shadow of death.
He uses the dark valleys to illuminate Himself.
Everything else stripped away. The layers of fluff and stuff and insignificance vanish in the darkness.
It is in the valley we need the light.
Sometimes it’s the only place we see the light.
When it is dark, pitch black, the fear creeps in, the air stifling, it is there in the darkness where the only light we have is His Word.
He is the Word made flesh.
You, O LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.
It is in the darkness that we recognize our need for the light.
It is the darkness that makes His light in us shine brighter.
You can’t have a light without a dark to stick it in. ~Arlo Guthrie
Do you feel the vise? The heavy pull. Lean into the darkness, so you can find Him.
How can I pray for you today?
by Kristen Welch of We are THAT family