“Night is darkest just before the dawn”

I have heard this all my life, but never really thought much about it until I experienced it for myself.  One morning while we were at our lake house, I woke up very early and decided to go out on the lake to fish.  I didn’t turn on any outside lights as the moon was bright enough for me to make my way to the dock and get settled into our boat.  I had just backed the boat out on the lake and was preparing to head out, when the moon set.

There are no street lights on our lake and no one was up that early to have any lights on anywhere.  It was so dark that I could not see anything at all.  All I could do was sit in that rocking boat and pray that I would not be buffeted into the dock.  After what seemed like forever, I could see light along the eastern shore and I knew everything would be okay.

It occurred to me that life is like that at times.  We go along enjoying the light and without warning everything turns dark, and we can only drift, unable to see our way.  Many of us have already experienced these times, and those who haven’t will experience them if they live long enough. 

We are not children of darkness, but of light.  In John 8:12, Jesus said, “I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”  Again, in 1 John 1:5, we read, “This is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you:  God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all.”

When those dark days come, turn your face toward Jesus, the “light of the world”.  Ask Him to lead you and then listen for His voice.  His path is well-lit and leading in the right direction, so you will not lose your way.  While in the dark, pray until God’s light comes shining through.  He is faithful.