A LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS
Imagine you wake up in darkness so thick you can almost touch it. It presses in on you and your imagination runs wild. You don’t know where you are or how you got there. Panic sets in. You feel lost and alone with no hope.
Suddenly there is a glimmer of light and you see the path curves around. You hear footsteps and know you are no longer alone. But are you safe? As the footsteps get closer you hear voices calling your name. As they come into view with their flashlights you remember what happened.
You had stayed behind, fascinated by the markings on the cave wall, while the others went on ahead. Mesmerized, you must have dozed for a few minutes. Your flashlight had gone out so when you awoke you were disoriented and forgot momentarily where you were. When your friends realized you had not caught up, they went back with their lights to find you.
*This is purely a fictional story, but it was a picture I had in my mind when thinking of how light brings hope.*
LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS BRINGS HOPE
Sometimes we go through dark times in our lives. Our imaginations run wild, and we often think of worst case scenarios.
Then, maybe a friend comes along to shine a light of hope into our lives. They sit with us and pray with us and help us to remember that God is with us. We don’t have to face the darkness alone. They bring light in the darkness.
Hope After Despair
A few years ago we attended a seminar with Michael Card called “Recovering the Lost Language of Lament.” He talked about how offering our lament to God is also a part of worship.
We were reminded of the psalms of lament in the Bible.
The psalmist would start out rejected and feeling down, but in the middle there was a change. He remembered how God helped him in the past and then began to praise Him.
Why, my soul, are you so dejected?
Why are you in such turmoil?
Put your hope in God, for I will still praise him,
my Savior and my God.
Around the time of that five day seminar, my family was going through a dark time. I wrote the following poem/prayer before the seminar, but while there I realized that my prayer could be one way to worship God. Even though there were problems, and I didn’t know the next step, I knew that God did.
As of this date not all of those issues have been resolved, but I do have peace and I see God’s hand at work.
A LIVING HOPE
The hope we have is a living hope, because it is based on the finished work of Jesus in His death and resurrection. Our circumstances may not change, but we can trust in our God to work in His timing.
1 Peter 1:3-4 (CSB)
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you.
Even when times are hard, we can still have hope. We may have sadness, but even then, we can have joy in our relationship with God. We can share hope through our words and actions even during our struggles. Our stories help others know they are not alone.
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
This is Day 7 of Five Minute Friday 31 Days of Free Writes, and the prompt word is hope.
To read the other posts in this series click on: 31 Days of Encouragement