“In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:4 ESV)

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Thick Darkness

by Macy Johnson

“The people remained at a distance,
while Moses approached the thick darkness where God was.”
(Exodus 20:21 NIV)

God reveals Himself in darkness.

“Clouds and thick darkness surround Him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne.”
(Psalm 97:2 NIV)

I like waking before dawn. I like the peaceful sense of isolated seclusion as I gaze out my window into the black abyss.

One morning the sun was reluctant to show its intense, yellow face. Heavy fog hung over the water and reminded me of what it feels like to stand in the dark and press into the unknown with Jesus.

Oswald Chambers wrote, “Faith never knows where it is being led, but it loves and knows the One Who is leading.”

A narrator on a Netflix documentary was blind. As I heard him enumerate the many successes of his friend, actress Betty White, I pondered the thought of being blind and its accompanying limitations. Would limited sight make me more sensitive to the Spirit’s leading? Could abiding in a world of darkness be a blessing rather than a curse? Does God teach new lessons in dark places?

Olivia Thirlby put it this way, “I think we all suffer from acute blindness at times. Life is a constant journey of trying to open your eyes.” She continues, “I’m just beginning my journey, and my eyes aren’t fully open yet.”

In many areas of life, it feels like I’m peering into a haze on the edge of a fog. One more step and I know I will see more clearly. I take that extra step of faith into an expanse of light emerging from the shadows. Darkness dissipates until the next time I face a void.

I will trust God in the darkness and allow Him to open my eyes to Truth as He reveals. I hope you will, too!

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