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Faith shines brightest in the dark.
It’s no secret we all have dark days. Days, weeks and even months of disappointments, frustration and broken dreams.
Why are some people able to shine through the darkness while others get consumed by the black abyss? Truly, it’s a question of who can survive and who cannot. It’s a survival of the fittest….and many times, that depends on a person’s spiritual fitness.
If you’re a believer, you know that just because you have faith doesn’t guarantee you a life of butterflies and roses. Our lives are not free from struggles. And, as odd as it may seem, that is by design.
God uses our trials, pain and disappointments to mold and develop our character. It’s through these dark times that he is most at work in our lives….if we allow him to accomplish what he’s intended for us. And most of the time, that plan is contrary to what we have planned for our lives.
Prayer, obedience and repentance are the response we need to live a life filled with shining moments. When faced with dark times, our focus is re-directed and we learn to rely on the strength of the One who can see us through….regardless of the outcome….trusting that what we’re going through is nothing we can’t overcome with His help.
But many times we aren’t willing to allow that to happen, are we? Many times we simply will not trust that his plan is to allow struggles in order help us shine through life’s storms. We choose to retreat and live in the shadows…forever destined to drift on the seas of misery, depression, bitterness and resentment.
Dark times and adversity only last as long as it takes to teach us the lesson we’re suppose to be learning. Unfortunately, sometimes that takes a reeeeeally long time. Resisting, rebelling and insisting our way is better only prolongs the agony.
Nana, come quick! I neeeeeed you!
I dropped everything thinking the worst. Blood? Broken bones? Was a trip to the doctor in our schedule?
But her urgency was only to show me a moth that was on the window one sunny morning. Her observation and fascination of the light shining through its transparent wings was reason enough to summon me away from my work…and consuming obsessing over recent dark struggles and challenges in life.
And sometimes, it’s just that simple.
May light shine through your darkness today and always.
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