“In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration” John 16:33
Isn’t that the truth!
We long for a “trouble free” life and question ourselves when life seems to be filled with one struggle after another, hardly giving us time to “come up for air”, before the next challenge hits.
How many of us though have found that it is through those struggles, “with the darkness”, has come light or good”?
In the trial, the frustration, the distress, comes new courage, growth, vision and empathy. It is the trial that pushes us to do things we thought impossible or to endure things we swore were beyond us.
For those of us with faith, it is in these times our trust is tested and it is in these times, if we hold fast to our faith, that His light can break through the darkness restoring hope.
Oftentimes when we are in the midst of the darkness we are filled with more questions than answers, more doubt than hope and more exhaustion than strength. However, when we hold fast to our faith even if it’s merely a vague knowing rather than the ability to do anything, the spark of that faith will cause a light to pierce the deepest darkness.
Personally, when I was in the darkness of depression, I knew God was with me and for me and that He was all I needed. I knew that in my spirit yet that knowing was outside my thoughts and my ability to grasp, it was in a box, it was with me but I couldn’t access the healing I knew it could bring, it didn’t give me the peace I was desperately craving. I look back now and realize that that “knowing” was indeed a covering, He was with me, and even though I knew that I just couldn’t respond from that place of knowing. In time His truth pierced the darkness and through that season brought a depth of understanding and empathy I could never have learned without the journey.
I’ve heard stories of those coming through life-threatening illness, thankful for the struggle as it brought great faith and character, a deeper understanding and appreciation for life than they ever had before. Most now share their experiences “in the dark” with others and so “the light” is spread.
God’s word reminds us, “Be strong, courageous, and firm; fear not nor be in terror before them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you; He will not fail you or forsake you.” (Deut 31:6)
In those darkest of times, you are not alone, despite what your thoughts and doubts are telling you, you are dearly loved and treasured. Your darkness is not a punishment, don’t blame yourself or doubt your worth. Seasons of struggle will come but they too will pass. Keep hold of your faith with all the strength you have in you and His strength and His peace and His courage will not forsake you. Your light will shine through your darkness and through the darkness of someone else’s night, bringing hope and peace once more.
Love and blessings