Light

259db7fe38b3a808451308dabc4b272bIt’s been a record-breaking, mid-west kind of winter. Beautifully white and bitterly cold. Yet what I see hearts most hungry for—is light. Because with light there is the comfort of warmth, the beauty of new life, and the ability to see a little further and linger a little longer in the glory of each day.

Don’t worry…this isn’t another post about the gloomy grey skies so many of us wake up to each morning, and the hope that light will come. It will. Light always shines more brightly than the darkness.

This is about what to do when that light seems to be hidden. When the darkness is so overwhelming that the idea of light is as foreign as a soul you’ve never met, a home you’ve never entered.

Darkness comes in many forms. It comes through seasons and it comes through storms, through broken hearts and weary souls. Darkness can strike at any hour—like a thief in the night it can come and hit us with the weight of a crashing wave, swallowing us whole.

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So we are told press on, fight through, stand up, keep going—but how can we? How can we, when it is impossible to see? We know that when we cannot see, we must believe because the only thing more powerful than darkness, is light. We must believe that though we may not be able to see the hand of God, we have to trust his heart. And his heart is his Word, and his word is his promises, and his promises are new every morning. He promises that he will never leave us and he will never forsake us, that he is acquainted with our grief, that when we weep, he weeps, that our names our written on the palms of his hands—that he has not forgotten us. That while we are in this world, we will have troubles, but we can take heart that he has overcome the world. And while we get to see glimpses of his beautiful light here on earth. There will come a day when the light that he shines forth will be a light that never fades.  And there will be no more weeping, no more sorrow, no more hurting and no more pain. We will be in the eternal presence of the Lord, and the Lord is Light.

In Genesis 1, on the first day of creation the very first words God spoke out loud were, “Let there be light” and the beauty of the power of God’s Word is found in what happened next, “…and there was Light.” Suddenly the darkness and the void was no more and the earth was filled with light.  In this darkness that you find yourself in today or in the darkness that you might face tomorrow- we can still cry out to God, “Let there be light” and he promises–there will be light.

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Because despite this fallen world and all its tragedies—Christ is the victor over all and he has given us everything we need to live a victorious life. When we abide in the light of his word, surrender to his position on the throne of our lives, and commune with him daily through pray—we can press on.

So press in, walk, fight, run, stand, fly and let there be…Light!

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Reflection:
Gratitude: Give thanks- “He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief;” Isaiah 53:3a
Grow:  “I would not forget you! See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands.” Psalm 49:15b-16a In what area do you need to know, right now, that God has not forgotten you?
Give: “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 Who can you share this truth with today?

Worship: I love music & I love to share it. Each song is for each post. Listen and Enjoy!

© Tamara Gurley 2014

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