Close your eyes. What do you see? If you answered darkness, you are correct. You see nothing.
If you are in familiar territory, you can probably find your way to the kitchen, open the refrigerator, and pour a glass of water. But if you are in unfamiliar areas, it will be very frightening for you to even take a step. After a few hours, you might even become despondent, vulnerable, and disheartened.
One of my favorite caves in Israel is in the Avshalom Nature Reserve on the western slopes of the Judean Hills. It is called the Soreq Cave. 150 steps down, the temperature drops at least 20 degrees as you descend into the beautiful wonder of this cave. A lighting system has been put into place using limited parts of the color spectrum to prevent the growth of algae and moss. The stalactites and stalagmites give the cave a magical, mysterious look. During our tour, the lighting system shut down. There were probably 25 to 30 tourists with me and we were all unable to see our hands in front of our faces. The darkness was indescribable. If I hadn’t been able to hear the panicked breathing of others, I would have believed I was alone. I had never experienced that depth of darkness before – a thick, opaque, crippling blackness – which left us in an immovable state.
Some of you may feel that way right now. You have lost hope in the darkness. Life has dealt a blow from which you do not believe you will ever recover. The questions which flood your mind push you to doubt Who God is. And the dark just seems to get darker. You may think a good God wouldn’t have made your life this way. The world around you is crumbling, and God appears silent, disengaged, unavailable. The pain within you is real. You do not understand the loss, the grief, or why God could let this happen to you.
Do you know it is normal to feel this way? Even though you may have 100 people around you supporting you, it is normal to think you are alone.
But you are not.
There is an enemy of our soul who wants to use the tragedy, the grief, the heartache in our lives to force us to question God’s goodness. Don’t fall into that trap. Comfort is not found in WHAT you know, it is found in WHO you know. The WHO is God.
God can and does turn what was intended to harm us to good (Genesis 50:20). Know that He is committed to you. Trust Him.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those Who love Him, Who have been called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).
Find hope in Him.