In Times of Darkness

I don’t like to travel through life in the darkness.  Do you?

It seems to me that we generally do not like the unknown.

When the way is flooded with light from the sun, ah! now we love that!

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But when everything is visible, it is so much easier to get distracted by all that is around us.

We  see the beautiful scenery on our left and our right, and we are encouraged.

Or perhaps we see the monotony of sameness, farmland, field after field, or the unbroken plain, as we travel.  This can become a discouragement to us.

When we are traveling a road through the dark, all we can see is the light in front of us and that which it illuminates.

So, in a sense, the darkness helps us focus on that which is most important, the light, and the path directly in front of us on which we must walk (or drive).

The other night, I was driving home from our kids’ competition, and it was so dark around us. I felt like I couldn’t see properly. Something in me wanted to see more than I was able to see. I stopped and cleaned my glasses and then cleaned the windshield, but in the darkness, that was the best I could do.

I turned on my brights when I knew they would not bother other drivers, but whatever the lights illuminated, that was all I could see.

We don’t like to travel through life in the darkness.

  • We want to see further ahead.
  • We want to see that which surrounds us.
  • We want to see that which stretches out onto the horizon.
  • We don’t like scary surprises.
  • The unknown makes us feel vulnerable.

But it is in the darkness that we see that which is the most important, the Light of the World.  Jesus.

Of course we have to look His direction to see Him properly. We can find Him in the pages of Scripture through faith.

And we won’t see Him very well if we turn our back on His light and peer into the inky darkness that should be behind us, not in front of our face.

The old saying “Seeing is believing” is not true in times of darkness. Instead, we find that believing is seeing.

Through faith, we open our eyes and focus our eyes in the darkness on that little bit of light that is before us, and take one more step. And when we can’t even do that, we wait in the darkness with the knowledge, that is also known as hope, that He will open our eyes to see His light in His own perfect timing.

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”  Psalm 23:4  ESV

Even if I am afraid and think to myself, ‘There is no doubt that the darkness will swallow me, the light around me will soon be turned to night,’  You can see in the dark, for it is not dark to Your eyes.
    For You the night is just as bright as the day.
    Darkness and light are the same to Your eyes.”  Psalm 139:11,12   VOICE

“Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”  Psalm 119:105

So, we can trust that

  • He sees further ahead when we cannot,
  • He sees that which surrounds us,
  • He sees what stretches out on the horizon,
  • He is not surprised by anything, and
  • In our vulnerability, He will be our Fortress, our Strong Tower, our Safety!

Praise the Lord!

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32 thoughts on “In Times of Darkness

    1. Amen, Michele! Isn’t that the way it is, though? I’ve sung that song so many times before, but you mentioning it here helps me understand the chorus better: “Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him, how I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er,…oh for grace to trust Him more.” He has come through for us so many times, yet each time a new trial comes, our faith is challenged again. Praise God that He is patient with us and that He keeps His promises based on HIS character and HIS Word and not on our wavering faith! 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Andrea! I think that every culture suffers from the same problem, human pride, which has an awful time recognizing or accepting what God says in Isaiah 55:8 –
      ““My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord.”
      He understands that the most important thing for each of us is that we come to know Him. And for most of us, we must go through times of darkness to even become aware that we need Him.
      When we finally bow before Him in surrender, what joy He gives us! It’s a joy that cannot be had any other way!

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    1. Hi, Lois! I saw your comment earlier and took the time to pray for you. Then the internet was down for a while, so I’m just getting around to replying. May the Lord’s Presence with you lift your spirits and give you peace and hope in Him.

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    1. Thank you, Joanne, for your visit!
      You’re right; even the lights on our phones and cameras are difficult to see on a bright sunshiny day, but in the darkness they are clear and seem to be so bright!
      I’m grateful to have the opportunity to write and reach out to you and others with these thoughts of our great God! He is so good! 🙂

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  1. I hadn’t really thought about the light makes it easy for us to be distracted while the darkness focusses us on what is really important as we move ahead, but that’s so true. Thanks for sharing, Ruth!

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    1. My pleasure, Lesley! Thank you for your visit!
      Actually, I hadn’t really thought of it in those exact terms before, either, at least, not the first half (about the distractions). It just sort of came to me after driving in the darkness that night. I guess God was just trying to show me something, and if it can help others, His name be praised! 🙂

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  2. Opening my eyes wide to SEE 🙂
    Ruth,
    Praying the eyes of your spirit are opened to all that God has for you today!
    Be Blessed & Refreshed,
    ~Sherry Stahl
    xoxo

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  3. I love this line that you wrote, “the darkness helps us focus on that which is most important, the light, and the path directly in front of us on which we must walk (or drive).” This is so true. I walked through some very dark and scary times with a child with mental illness. I was totally dependent on God during that time. Every step was taken with him. It was a closeness I never knew possible. When we had passed through the darkness, I found myself missing that intense relationship I had developed with GOD. I honestly have to work a little harder at keeping the relationship when I am not in the dark. Great post.

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    1. Those must have been very hard times, Maree Dee. I can’t imagine. But the experience of intimacy with God in dark times, that I have known. But you’re right, we do have to work at it more when times are more pleasant.
      Thanks so much for your visit; I’m so sorry to be taking so long to respond. Life just got a bit hectic.
      May the Lord continue to bless you with His closeness as you continue to seek Him and serve Him. 🙂

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  4. Love this! These words are like a soothing balm to my soul this morning! I really honed in on your last point. He is our fortress. I’m on a church plant team and that is the name of the new church…Fortress! The darker this world gets, the more we need a safe place to restore our strength Blessings!

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    1. I’m so glad to hear that, Liz! His truth brings peace when we yield to it.
      May the Lord continue to bless you with His intimate presence as you serve Him and look to Him daily. 🙂
      Sorry for the delay in my response. Busy weekend and Monday.
      Blessings!

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  5. “Believing is seeing.” I can’t get enough of that phrase, Ruth. Loving that, thank you. 🙂 That strong tower verse is one of my favorites. We run in to it, and are safe. Even when it’s dark and unknown outside of it. — Thanks for sharing these comforting words today, Ruth. ((hug))

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    1. Hi, Brenda!
      Believing is seeing is an idea I first got from a Southern Gospel song. I can’t remember the group or anything; I’ll have to dig out the CD and get back with you on it. I can’t even remember the tune as I haven’t heard it in such a long time. But it got me thinking about how a person could become so hardened in cynicism that their favorite person could be just outside their house, and a family member could announce their arrival, and they wouldn’t even try to see because they could not believe it was true. That’s the way so many are with the truths of the Bible which are such good news, but they totally miss it because they dismiss it in unbelief and don’t even try to see.
      ((hugs and smiles)) 🙂 🙂

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  6. Love this idea! Darkness helps up focus on the most important thing… the LIGHT! How true it is that in the ‘daylight’ we are so distracted by everything around us that we take light for granted, but in the dark… all that matters is the light! love. love.

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    1. Hi Karen!
      Thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment! You have blessed me again today! I appreciate your encouragement!
      May the Lord help us to make more of an effort to focus on Him even in the light and to stop taking Him and His blessings so for granted.

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  7. So true. I heard it once said that the darker things are around you, the brighter Christ’s light shines. It is true. Even through us. When we are in an area with lots of Christians, we often “get lost in the crowd” to unbelievers. But if you ever spend much time at all in a very dark place, a place where you may be the only Christian, people notice right away that something is different about you. Light and darkness is such a great analogy for God’s glory among all the sinfulness of this fallen world. 😀

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  8. I’m not a huge fan of driving at night—I like everything to be really well lit and safe and obvious… and I guess that’s how I prefer life in general! Love your perspective of us having to lean in to Jesus when the darkness surrounds, focussing solely on Him with no distractions. Thanks so much for sharing 😊 Your neighbour at #MomentsofHope

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    1. Hi, Laura! I imagine that the majority of us would agree that we like the safe and obvious in both physical and spiritual parts of our life. But it seems that when everything is going well, we are less likely to reach out to God. And God lovingly desires us to walk in relationship with Him. So, darkness can end up being a good thing in the end, if it directs our view toward Him.
      Have a blessed week! 🙂

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