Nothing is worse than being alone in the dark. On one of our high school Spring Lab trips, a young man and his counselor became separated from the group on the way back to the cabin. Darkness fell, but they weren’t worried because they had a flashlight. After turning the flashlight on, the light flickered and died. Great. There they were in the middle of the forest with bears, snakes, coyotes – and a broken flashlight. They literally had to feel the path all the way back to camp.
The only thing worse than being lost in a dark forest with another person is having to face darkness alone. This is a reality no Christian ever has to experience. But like the high school student and his counselor discovered, sometimes life gets dark. Sometimes fierce storms rage all around us and bad things happen. Sometimes we feel like the light has gone out, and we can’t see where we’re going. In the midnight of our souls, the only thing that can get us through the hardship is the presence of Christ. He is in the darkness with us.
One author compared the Christian life to Peter walking on the waves of the sea during the storm: “. . . Nothing [was] so difficult and impossible without Christ; nothing [was] so blessed and safe with Christ. That is the Christian life – impossible without Christ’s nearness – most safe and blessed, however difficult, if I only have the presence of Christ.”
You may be going through a dark time right now. Maybe you received a bad health report from your doctor. Your recovery from surgery has taken longer than expected. A family member has recently died. You have been slowed down by an injury. The course of your future is uncertain. You have more questions than answers as you try to move forward. You feel like your flashlight has broken, and you are blindly groping in the darkness. Friend, you aren’t in the dark alone. You have the presence of Christ. He is with you in the darkness. Stay close to Him as He leads you out.
Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder