“The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light. And for those who lived in the land where death casts its shadow, a light has shined.” (Matthew 4:16 NLT)
November always comes with a darkness that surprises, the depth of it that surrounds the days completely and makes us forget the light so easily. Every year, it seems, I am reminded of how my heart is just the same, the darkness of it managing to surprise me. The sparks of light in my heart, in my soul, seem to be easily missed and forgotten.
My friend, it is never that the darkness will be more powerful than light. Because knowing our God, we know that His Love can and always will shake the earth at its core, shake us at our core. Yet, somehow, the light that comes to us so easily at any other time of the year, seems to escape us these days and this, it makes my heart ache. Us focusing on the darkness and missing the light, makes my heart ache.
Just how easy it is for us to be swept up in the whirlwind of darkness, of busyness of the season and forget — that we now belong to the Light of the world. That seeds sown in the darkness, are still seeds sown and matter just as much. That love reaching out in the darkness, will meet its target just as well, even if fumbling around more. That kindness poured out in the darkness, will fill our cups to overwhelming just the same.
“The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.” (2 Chronicles 16:9)
And yet, the eyes of the Lord search the whole earth, for those who are His. There is no corner left dusty and dark, no heart that has been broken too many times, no soul that has wandered too far — for Him to reach and to mend. There is no sorrow too deep, no grief that has wrecked beyond hope, no heart left in loneliness as our gracious God comes to those who are His, us who need Him desperately.
Whatever trial that is knocking on your door, whatever testing that is stealing space of your heart, whatever tribulation that is pushing you down to the ground.
There is always hope for us wandering hopeless, for us lost in the sideways of busyness or highways of darkness. There is always our faithful God to cup our broken hearts and bandage our wounds, to break all our bondages with a touch of His scandalous love.
“For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” (James 1:3-4)
Just remember, beloved. Some days it will seem like all this darkness is taking over and you are being buried deep into the ground of forgotten items. But that is never so with our God, with Him who breathes life into you. Rather, He is planting you deep, giving you space to grow your roots in the firm ground and grow upward toward Light.