Tuesday, June 1, 2010

In the Dark?

O soul are you weary and troubled? No light in the darkness you see. Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace. I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in the secret places that you may know I am the Lord who calls you by name. Isaiah 45:3.
How do you handle the times of darkness in your life? None of us is exempt from some time of darkness. When we experience it --we have a choice on how we can handle it. These times of darkness can either be destroying or transforming. If you think about a piece of coal , which you usually find in the darkness of the earth, that is under much stress and pressure for a long period of time, under the right circumstances, will change from that lump of darkness into a beautiful diamond. A diamond is one of the most hardest stones formed and one of the most valuable. When you are handed a chunk of coal in life’s dark times do you look at it as a dirty old piece of coal or as an opportunity to watch and see how God can turn it into a spiritual treasure? Ugly things can become jewels reflecting the light of God if you are willing to walk through the dark times with Him and find the treasure.
Do you face the darkness and acknowledge it? How can you ask God for help it you do not face it and acknowledge it? Don’t hide it. Are you asking God for wisdom and His grace? Are you taking responsibility for all the things that you can do? Don’t complain--do what is in your power to do. Are you acknowledging what is out of your hands and placing it in God’s hands? Maybe there is nothing that you can do right now. Trust, be patient and wait- God’s timing is perfect. Sometimes all we can do is abide in faith and trust in the Lord.
In the darkness out of sight, God uses the pressures and darkness in your life to create a beautiful jewel. Is He trying to create a quiet spirit? Strengthen your character? Make you wiser or bring you to a clearer understanding of who He is? One day we will see--whether in this life or in the shiny crown of glory we will receive in Heaven. Whether or not you can see it or believe it, there are treasures to be discovered when experiencing darkness in your life. Sometimes they can be most of the defining moments in your life. Isaiah 43:2--( The Message ) “Don’t be afraid, I have redeemed you. I’ve called your name. You are mine. When you are in over your head, I’ll be right there with you. When you are in rough waters you will not go down. When you are between a rock and a hard place, it won’t be a dead end -- Because I am God, your personal Savior. I have paid a huge price for you.”
In the darkness of life, take the opportunity to see God. Take all things, things that are extremely difficult, your character flaws and short comings and trust Him to turn the situation into something beautiful -- something you never expected.
Father: Give us the boldness to take your hand and to trust you when things look dark in our lives. Help us to remember that this darkness is temporary and that our true hope rests in eternal things. You are our Sustainer. You can turn our lives into something beautiful if we are willing to reach out to you. You do not let your righteous be moved. Help us to stay focused on you and not on our circumstances or our flaws. Give us eyes to see you clearly in the times of darkness and troubles so that the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of your Glory and Grace.
As you walk on this journey of life-- if you are experiencing some darkness or trouble in your life think about this -- you may be a chunk of coal today, but you are going to be a diamond some day! Have a blessed week.
Janice Encourager Coach-Team
FBC Rogers

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