His wife simply disappeared. Vanished. No trace of where she went. Waking in the middle of the night he found her side of the bed empty. Not unusual—middle age often stirred her from the comforts of bed to the porch chair of prayer. He waited for her to return but she never did. Finally he went in search of her. Twenty-one months later, he’s still searching.
How in the world does he celebrate the hope of Easter resurrection when his everyday reality speaks confusion, abandonment, and failure? Every Sunday he bears his heart on the Find Lynn Messer Facebook page. As I glanced at his post yesterday I thought of other friends. One tragically lost her only child this past year; another received a less than six months diagnosis; one may lose her job; and another lives in a country crippled by civil war.
I began to consider: how do you celebrate light when all you see is darkness?
I’ve experienced that darkness. When God seemed so far away I questioned if He even existed. If he did, why had He hid Himself from me?
So what do you do when you just can’t see the light? I’ve four thoughts.
1. My Resurrection Sunday’s Facebook post encouraged: “An empty tomb might look eerily dark, but that’s simply because the light has been released to live among us. If you don’t feel like rejoicing today, maybe you simply need to turn around.“
2. Darkness may just mean you need to rest. Night does have a vital role in our health and well-being. Sometimes the best thing you can do in the darkness is simply close your eyes and breathe deep. Quit trying to drive the dark away. Quit looking for answers. Quit trying to control your world.
Be still and know that I am God.
Psalm 46:10 NIV
3. Sometimes darkness is a choice, but often it is not. What then? Remember the promise of Psalm 139:12. Darkness is as light to God. He doesn’t even see it. Hmm. Ponder that idea for a moment. For God the night shines like the day. You may not be able to see God but He sees you and He sees the way ahead for you. Remember, God knows what’s it’s like to be sealed in a tomb. That darkness didn’t threaten Him; it didn’t overwhelm Him; it didn’t stop Him.
4. The light God has for you may be waiting in a doctor’s office or a therapist’s chair or an anti-depressant or anti-anxiety drug. If you feel you are drowning or suffocating or sinking beyond reach call someone who can help. TODAY!
Whether your Easter Monday finds your world dark, light, or grey, stand firm on Jesus’ declaration …
I AM the resurrection and the life.
John 11:25 NIV
If darkness has engulfed you in this season, feel free to reach out in the comments below. I’d love to pray for you.
If you’ve light to share with the discouraged, please post your words as well.
Copyright March 2016 by Cheri Johnson