3 Things To Do While Sitting In Darkness

We’ve all been there before.  Those events or periods of life that feel like you’re sitting all alone in a pitch dark room.

Maybe you’re there today.  Personally, I’ve been in and out of that room for the past 5 months.

So what do we do when we’re in that place?

Here are some words from the prophet, Micah…

When I sit in darkness, the Lord will be a light to me.  |  Micah 7:8b

Light

When you’ve been in a dark place, a light can be very welcoming.  It can also expose things around us for what they are, changing our perception of what we assumed they were in the dark.

3 suggestions on what we can do when we’re in those dark places.

Look | Expect it to arrive.  Constantly be on the lookout for that LIGHT.  Because if we’re not watching for it, we are likely to miss it initially because we have our face in out hands stuck in our misery.  We can enjoy the relief that come with the light sooner if we are searching and expecting it.

Hope | Can you get a sense for the hope Micah has in his words?  “The Lord will be a light to me.”  He does not say, ‘is.’  He’s fully expecting something that is not yet the case.  Likewise, you and I need to have something to look foreword to while we sit in that cold, dark place.

Know | This is where faith and a good portion of spiritual maturity come in.  Micah KNEW the Lord was eventually going to shine light on his situation.  He also knew that he had to work on his own STUFF in the meantime.  Sometimes we find ourselves in this dark room because of actions or choices WE have made.  But…sometimes we’re there because of things OTHERS have done.

Today, I’m in that dark place.  God, however, is shining a flood light around me.  Even though there is darkness right now, his light is allowing me to stay active, see Him, and remain focused on finding the EXIT DOOR.

How about you?  Where are you today?  I’d love to journey with you.  Leave a comment below.

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Word Became Flesh |Wednesday

Check out my first post to find out what we’re doing with this #WordBecameFlesh challenge.

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Here’s what I thought about today.

It’s New Year’s Eve, and I was just looking back on the past year at all the ways the Lord has carried me and my family.   Here’s a few of the challenges we faced together.

  • I transitioned out of a Family Ministry staff position into a Campus Pastor position (something new for me).
  • My wife transitioned off staff at our church and starting working at Winn-Dixie.
  • We moved out of a home we loved in GA and into an apartment just over the river in AL.
  • My wife then accepted a huge job change AGAIN working in the executive office of the apartment network we live in.
  • Our first-born and only daughter moved out on her own….TWICE (very difficult).
  • We launched our first satellite church campus on September 7 (also very difficult).

Yet…

…through all of that, God kept us sane, married, and hopeful.  Trust me when I say that God’s hand was at work in so many of those challenges.  Too many to possibly list.

Now it’s your turn.  Feel free to write in your Bible or in a journal this week.  But if you’re like me and love social media, make a thoughtful post each day.  Be sure to use the hashtag #WordBecameFlesh with your post.  This way we can easily follow where others are noticing God at work.

Join the conversation, leave a comment below. 

Word Became Flesh | Tuesday

Check out the original post to find out what we’re doing with this #WordBecameFlesh challenge.

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Here’s what I noticed today.

  • Still no sickness spreading in the home (yay).
  • The Lord allowed me to stay focused in the office and get a TON of work done.
  • I was reminded once again that I totally do not deserve the woman I have for my wife.  I’m blessed.

Now it’s your turn.  Feel free to write in your Bible or in a journal this week, or use social media.  Be sure to use the hashtag #WordBecameFlesh with your post.  This way we can easily follow where others are noticing God at work.

Join the conversation, leave a comment below.