Day 22: Walking in the dark
They have greatly oppressed me from my youth —
let Israel say —
they have greatly oppressed me from my youth,
but they have not gained victory over me.
Psalm 129: 1-2
Where is God in the dark times? How do we make sense of the oppression we experience in the world? Can we live in victory?
The city of Brussels is known for its exquisite lace. In the famous lace shops, there are certain rooms devoted to the spinning of the finest and most delicate patterns. These rooms are altogether dark, except for the light from one tiny window that falls directly upon the pattern. . . Lace is always more delicately woven when the worker himself is in the dark and only his pattern is in the light.
As God weaves His pattern into the fabric of our lives, sometimes we sit in a “darkened room.” The darkness seems suffocating. We can’t understand what He’s doing and can’t discover any possible good in the darkness. Yet, if we fix our focus on our faithful Weaver, we will someday know that the most exquisite work of all our life was done in those days of darkness. As I look back over my life, my deepest intimacy with Him has come from the dark times. Linda Dillow, Calm My Anxious Heart
The retina of my soul develops macular holes of blackness. . .That which tears open our souls, those holes that splatter our sight, may actually become the thin, open places to see through the mess of this place to the heart-aching beauty beyond. To Him, to the God whom we earnestly crave. Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts
As we draw near to God and walk with Him, over time we begin to see some of our dark times brought us closer to Him. Have you experienced dark times?
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.