It has been a little dark for me the past few days, but it is a good dark. The weight of responsibility has sunk me a little below the surface.
And I am emerging so incredibly thankful. (click here for more on that)
I am reminded that in digging a well you need to go deep in order to get to the water. Sometimes, we need to dig a bit deeper, to not be afraid of the darkness in order to reach the Living Water of our souls that refresh.
I spent one morning this week sitting in the quiet with a good book, and a blanket as the rain poured down outside. In case you haven't heard, California is desperate for rain. My own heart and mind were desperate for quiet, solitude and refreshing. It was a good morning all around.
If you have the truth of God's Word hidden in your heart, you know that there is no such thing as true darkness for a believer (John 1:9). For the light of Christ is always present even in the darkest times. Sometimes we just have to open our eyes, or lower our head, or lift up our chin,
. . . or turn the other cheek.
It is the repositioning of our sight on the Light that makes all the difference in perspective.
I have not lost sight of that Light this week but it has glowed so much brighter with reminder after reminder:
"So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised." Hebrews 10:35-36
"See, I do a new thing!" Isaiah 43:19
"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him who have been called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28
Sometimes the darkness just means you can't see the distractions around you and I have experienced this week that this is a good thing. With responsibility comes focus and discipline; to accomplish tasks at hand I needed to make some sacrifices to get the job done and to listen to the Lord's leading. When God called Moses to be a leader to the Israelites he called him forth with this command, "Therefore, come now." I love how Emily Freeman in her book Grace for the Good Girl explains this. She says: