When It’s Dark

Depending on the current time you are reading this–we may or may not have arrived at our destination. But we’re closer than we were at 4:00 p.m. Central Daylight Savings Time. I’m not frustrated we’re not there yet–I’m just confident, through God’s Grace, that we will get there!

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When this post appears, it’s dark outside for us. Truthfully, I can’t tell you exactly where we are–because I don’t know. Thanks to this marvelous thing called “Schedule your post”, I can share my thoughts even though I’m not sitting at my desk. Debbie and I left Sunday afternoon for our semi-annual sabbatical visit family at Lake Millsite near Bartow, Florida.

When this post appears, it’s still dark–but I’m not worried. You see, I have some things going for me. One thing is our headlights. I never have to worry about seeing the road. Another thing is I know where we are going. We’ve been there enough times, so we don’t need a roadmap (for you old folks) or even a GPS. The route is known to us. We know where the gas stations are; and where the Rest Areas are. Finally, I’m not alone–my gift from God, Debbie, is with me. She’s probably asleep right now–but that’s OK. She’s with me, and that’s good enough.

Now, let’s do an application of this little story. When darkness tries to overwhelm you, even make you afraid, or seem to be lost, remember that Jesus Is The Light. Remember Psalm 119: 105–“Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.” When it’s dark, go to the Word that became flesh!

Second, remember your destination. Your destination is more than heaven. Your destination is to become exactly like Jesus, the image you were created in. And for this remember Philippians 1:6–“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” Every day so far, God has been at work in you. And even when it seems so dark outside, God is still at work!

Finally, remember you are not alone! Allow me to rephrase this: You Are Never Alone! He’s closer to you than Debbie is to me right now in the passenger seat. Jesus had something to say about Being with us in Matthew 28:20–“And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Depending on the current time you are reading this–we may or may not have arrived at our destination. But we’re closer than we were at 4:00 p.m. Central Daylight Savings Time. I’m not frustrated we’re not there yet–I’m just confident, through God’s Grace, that we will get there!

P.S. Since this is a sabbatical, I may not be posting every day. But then again I might. We’re recharging our batteries. So if I don’t post tomorrow, remember:

TODAY

Today is the Official First Day Of Fall! Unless you live in Alabama, where the weather never looks at the calendar–except summer, it doesn’t care about calendars, and it’s always lurking about some tree waiting to pounce on us. That’s all I’ve got to say about seasons and calendars.

For many folks, maybe you, their Today is not about meteorological seasons. Their day is not about revolving around the sun and how the earth is tilted in relation to that sun. Here is the Today for many–maybe you.

  • It’s getting dressed to go to a funeral
  • It’s another appointment with the oncologist
  • It’s another lonely day in the nursing home
  • It’s another day worried about that loved one battling for their life in a critical care unit
  • It’s another day of living with, maybe I should say without, their Prodigal Child
  • It’s the day they meet with their doctor to hear the results of their tests
  • It’s the day they clean out their personal belongings at work because they have been terminated
  • It’s another day of battles and despair for the addict
  • It’s another day of looking at a family member with dementia wondering, “Do they recognize me?”
  • It’s another day of trying to figure out how will they be able to buy groceries, or rent, or utilities, or all of the above
  • It’s another day of gloom and depression
  • It’s another day in the prison of fear

This, and so very much more, is the Today that people are facing. You have heard me say it so many times, but I will say it again: Much of what happens to us is beyond our control. But there is good news. While we live Today in the middle of some paroxysm, we can choose to hope in the face of anguish. How, you may ask? By remembering what David wrote:

This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.

Psalm 118:24 (NLT)

We do not know what kind of Today he was facing when he penned these words. It could have been a Today filled with trouble and problems. David faced many such Todays. But he also remembered he wasn’t alone in that turbulent Today–and neither are you. We never rejoice for what happens in those painful Todays, but we can rejoice that if we so choose, we are not alone. The ONE who faced that wretchedness of the Cross, will walk with us Today if we allow Him.

As difficult as any Today may be, begin your Day with the ONE who will always be with us to sustain us, guide us, and deliver us from the dominion of anguish–and replace that anguish with hope–hope that doesn’t rely on Today–but the ONE who loves us–even on a Today like Today. And hold on to HIM every second of TODAY!

And if you can’t relate to David’s song, maybe this one by Lauren Daigle will connect with you: