She’s sitting at a table lost in thought. I watch her for a moment before she looks up to find my face. We haven’t seen each other in months and yet it’s like no time has passed.
The truest friendships are like that. They span the length and test of time to reconnect in the space of a single heartbeat.
The instant our eyes meet, I see.
Suffering. Caught in the shadows of joy.
Though her eyes light up, and her beautiful smile betrays the pain, I know.
Time has not been kind.
In between the pages of laughter are the sentences that stop us still. The ones that can never be erased. Throughout our life, death comes to us all. In one form or another. Our marriage, children, our notions of security, dreams and letting go of things not meant for us.
But stars can’t shine without darkness. Souls can’t surrender without first being broken.
I admire people who choose to shine in the midst of darkness. In the midst of grief and anger, alive and well.
It’s a leap of faith when we accept that what we do not see is greater than what is happening to us. Holding out hope that what we cannot know is better than what we had planned.
For the darkness threatens to swallow us whole. It lures us to silence when our heart needs to speak. It tempts us to act when we need only be still.
Faith tells us that in the midst of our darkness He is still bearing light.
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made His light shine
in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God
displayed in the face of Christ.
2 Corinthians 4:6
Her deep soul ache spills from her lips like water over a dam. She can barely speak the words that have pierced the most tender places of a mother’s heart.
Yet amidst the rushing water is the calm, still of surrender. The peace of knowing He is her glory. And in the midst of her suffering He is still worthy of praise.
Because a woman who loves God on purpose knows His faithfulness is no accident.
He is the potter, and the work of His hands is for the display of His splendor, not our comfort.
We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.
2 Corinthians 4:8
The path of the faithful is not for the faint of heart. It is not for those who easily grow weary. For we who are alive are continually given over to death so that we might reveal His life at work in us.
And despite what darkness is at work in our flesh, His strength is sufficient for this day.
This one day.
And I continue to believe that His purpose for us is good.
We may not understand it now, but in time we will. And we will look back and see that even at our darkest, He was preparing the way for grace.
Broken by life. Born unto death. Redeemed by Light.
What darkness or death threatens your faith? Do not lose heart.
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
In the face of your deepest fear and the darkness that surrounds you, all you need to do is stand. You see, God isn’t looking for shooting stars. He’s looking for lighthouses.Leave a Comment