Recent posts have focused on being a light in another person’s darkness, but it would be remiss of me not to acknowledge there are times when we have our own darkness to deal with.
Last week, Crosswalk released my latest article, 3 Lessons to Learn while Stuck in the Hallways of Life. I knew many could relate, I just didn’t realise how many. Some commented via facebook, and others reached out to me here on the blog; with genuine needs, genuine problems. Hallways they have lived in for years; an oppressive darkness.
To those who are doing life in the hallway I offer hope. Not false hope. Real hope.
There are many times when I have seen God come through in my own life: the healing of a terminal disease in my mother’s body; provision of employment; and the miracle of finding my husband after ten years of waiting.
In a month of thankfulness, it is powerful to declare the goodness of God in our lives, but it is not where hope comes. We do not base what we know about God on experience. We base it on the Word. We believe the Bible before experience.
So the hope I offer is not in my testimony or because I told you so. I offer hope in God; in His Word.
Psalm 18:28 You light a lamp for me. The Lord, my God, lights up my darkness.
I do not wish to belittle your darkness. It is real. It is painful. But in deep darkness, a light shines.
There is light in your dark situation. I know there is, because the Bible tells me so. And the light is there because of Him. Right now, it may only be a flicker, but it gets brighter.
You are not alone. It may have been dark for a long time, but the Lord lights up your darkness. The valley of the shadow is about to make way for a banqueting table. Jesus is with you in the dark place; better yet, He is the Light in it.