Focus: Finding your way through the dark
John 1:5 (NKJV) And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
It’s hard not to wonder about the trials we face in this life. So many things happen that are just beyond our control—things we’d like to change, if only we could. It’s especially hard when there is no way out and no end in sight. You struggle to know what you can do that would help your situation and nothing in human terms seems like it could make a difference. And maybe you’re right.
At times like that you can feel very alone in your battle. You start to question the meaning of life and what it’s all about. The hardest tests we have to endure are the ones where we absolutely have no power to change our situation—the ones where the only possible hope is God—and we just have to wait on Him and trust His plan.
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Sometimes, it’s like trying to walk in a dark room where there is no light at all. You shuffle, taking slow careful steps and your hands grope for anything familiar that would offer a clue as to where you are and how far you have to go to get to where there is light.
Last night I was lying in bed noticing how absolutely dark it was after the lights went out. I don’t know why it seemed darker than usual—but I couldn’t help thinking what it would be like to actually be blind. I have heard and you probably have too, that blind people’s other senses become more acute as a result of their blindness. Their ability to hear is heightened and their other senses seem to be stronger, also. I suppose their other senses don’t change—they just are more focused as a result of not having the sense of sight.
When you think about those trials that put us in a position of emotional blindness—the times when our ability to ‘see’ the purpose of what is happening isn’t good—could it be possible that our other senses might be more sharp if we tried using them with that expectation?
What if God put you in a place of darkness so that you could learn to use your ability to hear His voice better? If you had never been very good at hearing the voice of God, then it might be a good thing to find yourself in a place where you had to learn to know His voice.
My husband and I have experienced the fragrance of God during times of sweet worship when the presence of the Lord was especially strong. There is something very comforting about pleasant scents. When I’m feeling stressed out, I love putting some nice smelling lotion on my hands and just inhaling the aroma.
The Bible tells us to ‘taste and see that the Lord is good’. Sometimes we can be so caught up in trials that we forget to eat. If there is a period of prolonged anxiety or testing—some people lose weight because they are so absorbed with their problems that their body doesn’t process food properly. The same thing can be true about reading the Word of God if our mind is distracted or preoccupied. We might try to read the Bible and it seems like nothing sinks in.
At a time like that, just latch onto one verse that has been extra special to you and meditate on it. Try to draw as much meaning from it as possible and allow it to feed your spirit. It might help to recall a song that has brought comfort and encouragement to you in the past.
The natural thing to do when you are emotionally spent is to curl up like a cocoon. People who experience a nervous breakdown often ‘rock themselves’ like a little child. When reality is too hard to face, some people become totally withdrawn and ‘lose touch’.
In the Bible, there is an example of a woman who had a terrible problem with her health. She was exhausted and impoverished from twelve years of trying to find the medical answer to her situation. The woman was desperate for a miracle. She was so hungry for help that she crawled to Jesus who was in the midst of a crowd of people. The woman knew if she could just touch Him, she would be healed. She had tried everything else without success. She had nothing left but the hope that He could help her. When she got within an arms length of Him, she reached out. She wasn’t close enough to touch Him—but her fingers brushed the hem of the garment He was wearing. That was all it took. Her twelve years of suffering were over.
You could be just that close to the end of your own pain. Even though it seems like you are alone and completely lost in the darkness of your circumstances. Don’t give up. Reach out to Jesus like you never have before. He is close and He can help you.
Declaration: I will find new strength by holding onto my faith in Jesus Christ. He is my Healer and He can help me.
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