When I was thirteen I entered my home after babysitting. It was late and the lights were off. I opened the door, took one step into the house and before I could get to the light switch I got to my brother’s extensive-yet-quite-annoying matchbox car city all in the walkway of our house. I lost my balance and tumbled to the ground. I remember coming close to cursing my brother because this wasn’t the first time this had happened. It probably happened hundreds of other times. I would never know what to expect when entering our house because it was dark.
“Who among you fears the Lord and obeys the voice of his servant? Let him who walks in the darkness and has no light trust in the name of the Lord and rely on his God. “ - Isaiah 50:10
There are seasons of life that sometimes feel like you are walking into a dark room with things seemingly set out to puncture your feet and lose your balance (like those dumb matchbox-cars). Sometimes you may feel blindsided with a circumstance that knocked the wind out of you. Maybe you feel like you have no direction over your life and you are wandering aimlessly.
I have heard more in the last month of friends, acquaintances and family that are going through situations that are confusing, frustrating, and they are just overwhelmed. When they think things can’t get worse, they do.
What do you do in those situations? Why does it feel like sometimes we are wandering in the darkness rather than clinging to God’s glorious light? I don’t pretend to know the cure-all answer to why circumstantial things happen, but I do know this: God gave his Son, in human form because he wants a relationship with us. He wants us to trust him, to give him our all, regardless of the circumstances. God knows that its dark, frustrating and hard, but he wants to be our source and our center.
I pray that through these times for my friends, families and you that you will cling to the source of life, the only one who is worthy of our trust.