As Josh and I walked around the neighborhood today, I was excited to notice signs of spring. It has seemed like a long winter. Physically as well as spiritually, I have been longing for more warmth and light.
Perhaps you have heard the idea expressed, “When you are in midst of darkness, don’t forget what you knew to be true in the light.”
My son is training to become a pilot. On one of his flights, after he took off, a shield came into place completely obscuring his external view. He flew without seeing anything outside of the cockpit by recalling what he had learned and by relying on the plane’s instruments. No matter how disorienting it was to fly without visibility, he could not make decisions based on feelings. (The second pilot, his instructor, had full visibility and could assume control if a problem arose.)
When things in my life are difficult, I am tempted to make decisions or judge my circumstances based on feelings. Unfortunately, when it is the darkest, it is hardest to navigate my way. Lest I become disoriented and veer off course, I began a list to maintain my bearings for when the shadows of dusk loom and dawn comes slowly.
God will never leave me or forsake me.
God hears my cries, and He answers prayers.
I am loved by God.
God has a purpose for my life, and He will fulfill it. The enemy cannot thwart God’s plans.
The grand tapestry God is weaving is far grander and more complex than I can comprehend.
My Redeemer lives, and one day I will behold Him face to face.
My eternity is with God forever.
It’s easy to forget truth when we cannot perceive how God is working. Consider making your own list of truths to mark the way. As you navigate through the darkness, remind yourself what you knew to be true when the light of Jesus was clearly lighting your path.
The light shines in the darkness and the darkness cannot extinguish it. John 1:5