I want to talk today to the one that is so deep into a place of darkness that they can no longer see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Maybe this is a place that someone or something has trapped you in through abuse or addictions. Maybe you have that secret sin that you are so ashamed of that you will not talk to your spouse or best friend about it. Maybe you find yourself pulled into a deep depression that has you drowning in hopelessness.
There are so many deep, dark, isolating places that we can find ourselves and as we look around we see everyone else living in bright places of blessing, freedom, and happiness. It becomes easy to see ourselves as being cursed and deserving of the darkness. We cry out to God and do not expect answers. We will only reach for God once our hands are clean of our secret sins. We know that we worship a God who is too holy to ever dwell in the mire of the cesspool that is our reality. “I could ask the darkness to hide me and the light around me to become night—but even…” (Psalm 139:11)
Now, for some more good news. “I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence!” (verse 7) The interesting thing about these words is that the psalmist was indicating that he had actively tried all that he could to get away from God. He wanted the darkness; he had gone searching for a dark corner where God could not exist. Maybe that is you. You have found your darkness a comfortable place and you find yourself sitting in it daily. Or maybe you do not want to be in the darkness but it envelopes you and will not let you go. Like the psalmist, we can be assured that no matter how deep or how dark of a place we find ourselves, God is right there with us. Verse 8 tells us that even when we are living in hell, God is there with us. It is not that God is just in the same building as us. It is not that God is just in the same room with us. God is with us! Right there next to us, with His hand upon us. (verse 10)
Maybe you are saying, “It is great knowing that He is always right there with me, even in my personal hell. But I need Him to save me from my darkness, because that is all I see and live in.” I agree with you. I want that for you, also. Sometimes God’s salvation is a plucking out of mire, other times it involves His walking with us through it. I find it reassuring that God’s presence with me, even in those horrible moments when I am at my worst or experiencing my worst God is not there to condemn me. It is encouraging that the psalmist saw that even in his ugliest moments that God reached out His hand to guide, strengthen, and support in the exact same way that He would if everything in his life was a bed of roses. Verses 8-10 show us that no matter where we are in life, be it our highest highs or our deepest lows, He guides and strengthens us the same.
Hello! I am Dawnita Hall. Sometimes I need to put into words the things God is teaching me. This blog is my way of sharing those moments with you with the hopes that what God is using to grow and encourage me will also inspire you. Please, share your thoughts in the comment sections after each post. Let's make this a place where we work together to encourage each other to live inspired to be an inspiration.