Lord are you there, Sometimes I can’t sence Your Presence. This is the hard thing. The crushing darkness, the true test of faith. David spoke long about not feeling God‘s presence. Many a Psalm starts out with a plea to God not to leave him. But many a Psalm also starts with a rejoice to the Lord.
This blasted thing, this depression has taken me to the depths I could not ever imagine and a darkness I never knew existed. It has also shown me Love and Kindness from others and I have been; when I am having good days, to show gentleness to others I have never been able. It is all opposites. Last evening I didn’t want to be around people but my heart cried out in darkness and loneliness. Today I don’t want to be around people – I took a sick day, but I can’t wait to have my husband come home from work. It has separated me from God yet brought me closer. I have been frightened out of my wits, and I have seen the end of life, or thought of the end of life, and yet given me so much more to live for. Paths I have never considered, thoughts I have never thought, pain I never knew, and shame I have never known before, weakness I never knew could ever exist, weakness I never considered myself to possess and strength I never knew I could tapped into.
The thing I have to remember is that in the darkest of dark, in the loneliness of lonely, in the depths of my heart hurting that I need to ignore the feelings no mater how strong and crushing they are, I chose to trust in God. Sometimes I utter it weakly, unbelievingly. Sometimes I say it in a loud bold voice. sometimes I say it in fear. But I say it and that is the point, I chose to trust in God
At times God puts us through the discipline of darkness to teach us to heed Him. Song birds are taugh to sing in the dark, and we are put into the shadow of God’s hand untill we learn to hear Him…. Watch where God puts you into darkness, and when you are there keep your mouth shut. Are you in the dark just now in your circumstances, or in your life with God? Then remain quiet….When you are in the dark, listen,and God will give you a very precious message to give to someone else when you get into the light………………Oswald Chambers
till next time…………………