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.