Working out this morning, I started to feel tears welling up from the absolute depths of my soul. It can sometimes feel as though I just get my head above water only to plunge into the depths once again. Like the saying, “When it rains, it pours,” I often feel as though I take three steps forward, only to jump backwards twice.
I wonder, is it always dark for everyone, or just me?
Oh sure, I have days of joy, moments of happiness. My faith that tomorrow will be new is ever present, and I know that my God works all things to good for those who love Him. It is in this truth that I find my strength. There remains, however, this nagging feeling that seasons of peace are fleeting, and that trouble is always right around the corner.
I am pretty sure that’s the reality of living in this world. Life is a journey. Like any good suspense flick, there are twists, turns, ups and downs. Even the most controlled (or controlling!) person cannot avoid the pitfalls of this life.
My point is this. We ALL face trials. Most of us on a daily basis, from one extreme to the other. It is HOW we choose to walk through them that defines us. It is in our approach and belief system that our joy is determined, or diminished. Those who choose to believe it is only they who struggle, find themselves feeling alone and abandoned. But for those of us who join together in grace and understanding, link arms with those around us, and take turns holding one another up, this is where we find hope. THIS is the light that shines in the darkest moments – when we take up the cause of Christ and choose to be His hands and feet.
No matter how “dark” it gets, there is always light. Everything has its antithesis, to every action, a reaction. Regardless of where you find yourself today, if you let Him, God will always reveal to you His goodness in the midst of it all…
“When the train goes through a tunnel and the world gets dark, do you jump out? Of course not, you sit still and trust the engineer to get you through. Don’t give up, don’t jump out. Be patient and let God remind you – He’s in control.” – Corrie ten Boom