He is our Light in Darkness
Some days a great sadness overcomes me and I have to purpose more deliberately to lift my eyes to and remember that I am loved, that we are loved. The Lord has not forsaken us. Life has taken a dramatic turn for so many, and we are all trying to navigate strange, stormy and chaotic waters. And it has happened so quickly, just a matter of months.
I find listening to worship music helps me through these moments. This morning the song, “Is He Worthy?” asks, “Do you feel the shadows deepen? “ YES I do!!! The song answers, “Do you know that all the dark won’t keep the light from coming through?” And I say, ‘yes I do!’
I am reminded that most generations before us have witnessed and been in the midst of darkness and trying times: wars, famines, pandemics and they managed to come thru them, yet not necessarily unscathed. I am sure that life changed very quickly for them, too. We need to remember that, learn from the past and then persevere in the times we are living in now.
First and foremost, we must patiently sit at the Father’s feet and remember Him! Trust Him, knowing that He is with us. We have been reading through Psalms and in them is an abundance of assurance of God’s faithfulness for our lives. And David, who wrote so many of the Psalms, does not pull any punches. Psalm 38:7-11 says: “My back is filled with searing pain; there is no health in my body. I am feeble and utterly crushed; I groan in anguish of heart. All my longings lie open before you, O Lord; my sighing is not hidden from you. My heart pounds, my strength fails me; even the light has gone from my eyes.” Yet he ends with “O LORD, do not forsake me; be not far from me, O my God. Come quickly to help me, O Lord my Savior.” David knew where his help comes from, and so do we!
Psalm 121 proclaims: The Lord will keep you from all harm—He will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. So what do I do when sadness comes over me? I search thru His Word, I read the Psalms, I remember verses like1 Peter 5:7 which says, “Casting all your anxieties on him, because He cares for you.” I listen to worship hymns and music. I take the next step here, but I remember that this is not our final home; we have an eternity to look forward to. Knowing that, I focus on reaching out to others and reminding them of the goodness of God and the Hope we have in Him! And I try never to forget, “If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. (Romans 14:8.) Amen! The Lord bless you!