Darkness is not my friend.
Mole-like as I may be with having M.E, I dislike a total lack of light.
It reminds me of times as a child when I felt lost and afraid.
Speaks of covert things.
I’ve lived with a shadow side, beset by pain and shame from a past that presses to remain present.
Circumstances can constrain us like chains, even as we wrestle for release.
So how do we begin to understand receiving treasures stored in darkness from the Lord?
Perhaps we can start by seeing how darkness is as light to Him.
His transcendent brightness turns darkness into day.
In our dark nights of the soul we strain to hear God’s voice.
It’s an effort to hear from Him.
But when we eventually climb out of the pit we were in, we sense that we were never really alone.
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His hand the one sure thing we cling to.
There is no place where God cannot be found.
Not only does He sit with us in dust and ashes, His arm reaches out to pull us free.
And those treasures? What can they be?
“I will give you the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that I, the Lord, who call you by your name, am the God of Israel.” – Isaiah 45:3 (NKJV).
Our painful and challenging circumstances, dark nights of the soul, disappointment and discouragement are a training ground for learning to live in the light of God’s presence, in the hope of eternal life with Him.
They shape our souls. Make us malleable by Holy Spirit. Define and refine our character.
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It’s our dwelling place in the womb and our release into welcoming arms of love.
Those riches hidden in secret places? I think they’re largely spiritual ones, manifest as fruit to others.
God will also reveal a taste of reward in this lifetime.
We receive daily grace, manna wisdom from His word and unconditional love.
Answers to prayer, unexpected gifts, friendship, encouragement coming just when we need it.
He is constantly upholding us by His goodness and grace.
In the darkest of times, circumstance and place God’s light still penetrates.
“And the Light shines on in the darkness; and the darkness did not understand it or overpower it or appropriate it or absorb it (and is unreceptive to it).” ~ John 1:5 (Amplified)
And when you and I yearn for and lean toward the Light, we’re revealing an innate desire planted there by God.
He longs for His children to reach out to Him, especially when we’re struggling.
To know we’re called by name, called to be in relationship with Him.
We need to dig deep beneath the surface of things to mine treasure.
Discover how gifts of grace point us back to the Giver Himself.
We begin to see (with hindsight), how God’s hand has always been on our lives.
We begin to have more of an eternal perspective toward every event we encounter.
As we seek hard after Jesus, our Pearl of great price, in the midst of our mess, we discover the joy of knowing Him and the comfort of His faithfulness.
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, on finding one of great price, went and sold all he had and bought it” ~ Matthew 14:45-46 (MEV)
And we find that He’s with us in life’s darkness, pulling us ever closer toward His glorious Light.
What treasures have you mined from times of darkness?
How has God revealed Himself to you in life’s dark circumstances?