I love the sunshine so much that the minute I wake up in the morning, the curtains in my bedroom get thrown wide open! I want the those sunbeams to stream in! Even on a cloudy day, just the light from the outside is a welcomed change from the darkness within my room.
But what do we do when there’s darkness in our hearts, via a relationship or a circumstance that we cannot change? It could be as trivial as frustrations, like when I was attempting to write this post and spent a good deal of time editing and rewriting. It was scheduled and ready for posting, but when I went to preview my writing, it was GONE! What? After a good couple of hours, it’s nowhere to be found?
I could not change this. So after stopping and giving this darkness (trouble) this to the Lord, I realized that there must be a reason for this “mistake.” Maybe it was just that I take time again to call on His Name. Doing so brought light (truth) to my heart – it was, indeed, like throwing open my bedroom curtains.
A lost blog post is trivial, but what about darkness and emptiness in a relationship? There’s a void and distance there that you would love to fill, but you cannot change the other person’s heart.
What about the grief felt when dealing with the consequences of sin – yours or someone whose life touches yours?
Or the sorrow of death or sickness?
We have to go back to the beginning –
Gen 1:2, 3 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
When there was NOTHING but emptiness and darkness, with only a word, God changed it all into beauty and fullness.
Light, sun, moon, trees, flowers, sky, birds, fish, animals and man and woman were added to the emptiness and it was no longer void – it was FULL.
Who but God could do that?!
He longs to do the same with our dark and empty circumstances! It all starts when we know that we need His Son as our Savior. He brings light from the darkness of sin and gives forgiveness and His presence for eternity.
His presence starts the moment we trust Him! Now all those “dark” situations turn to me towards my God who longs to bring light and life to all these matters! How?
- Making me realize Who He is
- Making me fall on my knees before Him to ask that He will change this darkness and emptiness for His glory.
- Making this dependence on Him a daily habit that transforms me into His likeness.
Yes, even losing a post on a blog post can be used to transform me into His image. As I learn to call, to wait, to trust, to know He is sovereign, I can be more like Christ, if I allow Him to calm my troubled heart and look for Him to make beauty from my darkness.
What dark situation sleeps under your pillow and awakens you with a start? What “empty” circumstance is causing you to need His light and abundance? Thank God for that situation today, then call out to Him and wait for Him to transform it…and you!