Darkness can come when you least expect it. Things are going great, you’ve got everything under control, you’re happy, then poof! Your lamp gets blown out. Darkness is very quiet at first. It’s not a friend. Darkness quietly creeps in and appears in different forms. It can look like singleness, divorce, sickness, or death. It can take form in the midst of your closest relationships or even your finances. It appears to different people in different ways at different times. Darkness is tricky. It’s like a glooming cloud waiting to pour down on you. It’s ready to stomp hope, and it leaves you lost, wondering where to go. Fear, doubt, and anxiety are its best friends. Darkness has nicknames: struggle, challenge, battle, trial to name a few. If you hang out with darkness long enough, you may lose sight. Everyone will experience darkness at some point in life, so how do you manage the monster?
The funny thing about Darkness is that it has one enemy and that’s Light. Light is fast, much faster than darkness. It can be absorbed and reflected. When bent, it can make the most beautiful rainbows. Light is happy. It’s joyful. It’s bold and vivid. Light can reach the depths of the ocean. It knows no limits. Light is a life giver. It can shine through grand gestures or something as small as a smile. Light is a friend, it’s family, it’s uncontrollable laughter, and passion. Light lifts you up and spreads to others. Light is warm and can comfort you. Light is contagious. We want to do everything we can to be in the light. We’re drawn to it. Light should never be hidden, but instead it should shine brightly. Light shows where you’re headed and where you’ve come from. Light is peace, hope, and love. Light gives us sight of all the beauty that’s around us.
It only takes a little light to shine through darkness. With a lot of light, your darkness can be minimized to a shadow. When you walk, that shadow may be there, but it’s no longer anything you should be afraid of. After all, you are walking in the light. Instead, that shadow is more like a charm on a bracelet. A milestone. A learning experience. A way of growth. With your light, what can you learn from your shadows?
As you read this blog, my hope is that you can “insert your struggle here” even if your struggle isn’t infertility. I hope it brings you encouragement and inspiration! We’ve been given a huge promise when dealing with darkness and that’s found in John 8:12, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”