Lord of the Darkness

The night is also Thine.  Psalm 74:16

He hath delivered us from the power of darkness.  Colossians 1:13.

Darkness and light are alike to You.  Psalm 139:12

My daughter’s family has spent the week with me, and our house has been LIVELY with an almost 3-year old and almost 2-year old keeping us running.  Caleb, the oldest, slept in my bed, and because it is high, I put pillows around him, and laid him from opposite corner to corner to insure that he didn’t dive off in the night.  It worked well for him, but I woke up at the slightest move, and re-covered him up, and checked his position.  Sometimes it was more than a slight move.  He could kick my chest and flail his arms and remain sound asleep!  But this week, I have slept lightly as I watched over him in the dark.

Children remind us experientially that God is close. He is positioning us for our safety, and when we kick against His divine barriers, He patiently hugs us near, though He does not take away the darkness.  There is no need to take it away.  The night belongs to Him.  He uses the night to call us to mourn and to examine our souls.  The night forces us to search and long for His divine purposes, when all around us thick darkness filled with indifference and meaninglessness would push us to despair.  Until He causes us to remember–Darkness and light are alike to Him.  He is Lord over discouragement and defeat. He is victorious over unanswered questions.  My times are in His hands.

And so, in the darkness as I keep watch over my grandson, I see my Father, listening to me as I pray for the Kingdom of heaven to come to earth.  I pray that the nation in darkness will repent and return to the God who blesses.  I think about His careful love for me that has protected me through the dark places.   From this side, the darkness did not matter.  Darkness and light are alike to Him.  I pray for those who have been in the darkness a long time.  They see no way out, and have quit straining their eyes to find hope.  They flail their arms and kick like my grandson, having no clue that they could only hurt themselves more, and God is gently pulling them back within His divine barricade of safety until they recognize He is there to help them.  Darkness grips us and its tentacles reach into empty places—unfulfilled desires, disappointments, mistrust, and unforgiveness.  Darkness is more than a presence.  It is a power (Colossians 1:13).  We are smothered by its control, but darkness and light are alike to God.  He is as close as this Grandma pulling her grandson away from the precipice at the edge of the bed, and we are mostly unaware like my Caleb who sleeps peacefully as I keep him safe.

The dawn will come, when like Caleb, we sit up and say to God, “I’m all done sleeping.”   And God picks us up out of the power of darkness, and translates us into His marvelous light.  The soul longing, the crushed spirit, the troubled mind are healed in the Presence.  He is the light of the world.  But if you cannot see that now, be content to know that He is also Lord of the darkness.

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About thegriefexperience

I have recently published a book for grieving people called Comfort and Joy available at my website, thegriefexperience.com. I received my Doctor of Education degree from the University of Louisville, and also hold a Master of Science degree and a Physician Assistant degree. I lived as a short term missionary in Swaziland, South Africa, prior to my life as a grief coach and author. My story is about the fact that I am an expert in grief, learning through the goodness of God to navigate a life of sudden turns and repeated trauma that brought grief and loss. I have learned about grief as an unwilling student in a life shaken by sudden death, suicide, and devastating illness. I have been widowed three times, and have raised five children in the midst of earthquake life changes. I have counseled, written and taught classes on The Grief Experience because it is what I have learned well. No amount of education or theory prepares you for multiple experiences of death and loss. But I have found healing in Jesus Christ who is the only One who has conquered death. What He has done for me, He will do for you. Visit my blog at TheGriefExperience.Wordpress.com.
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