How to Survive the Dark

candleThere are those days when you seem to see Him everywhere. The skies are blue and the birds are singing. There is a song in your heart, a spring in your step and a smile on your lips. And praise God for those days for they are, indeed, good.

But, let’s be honest, there are days when you don’t see Him. Try as you may, you just can’t find Him. The pain is blinding and oppressive and the darkness heavy.

Your faith tells you that He is there, but your bruised heart begs for proof.

Peter knew the feeling. He understood shame and dreams dashed. He knew what he was talking about when he said – 

Even though you do not see Him now… – 1 Peter 1:8

I know you can’t see Him. Isn’t it comforting to read those words? Right now you can’t see Him. I get that.  That’s what Peter is saying.

There are days of pain. There are nights of anguish. How do you survive the darkness?

Even though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him…

That’s the difference. You hurt, but you still believe that He loves you. You are confused, but you still believe that He is good and all His ways are good. You feel alone, but you believe He is there.

You can’t see Him…but you believe.

And that is the secret to surviving the dark.

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