“…For we walk by faith, not by sight…” (II Corinthians 5:7)
I enjoy sleeping in a dark room — no night lights for me. ‘Matter of fact, I put black tape on my standby lights. I’m at that age where I take bathroom breaks at night. Still, no lights. I almost want to sleepwalk so I can fall right back to sleep.
In Isaiah 45:3, the prophet speaks, “And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the Lord, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel.”
I wonder if the prophet is speaking of Gethsemane and Calvary.
We find Jesus in the darkness while in Gethsemane. I’ve always been intrigued by this garden. How intense were the emotions that flooded His every being: isolation, darkness, temptation, weariness, sorrow, agony, and grief. Yet He continued and yielded Himself for our sake
Shortly after that, He was beaten with a cat of nine tails. Metal, bone, and glass ripped His flesh from His back. Crucified on Mount Calvary before Jesus died, darkness covered the earth.
While the shepherds watched their flock at night, an angel brought them good tidings of great joy.
Yes, things are dark. We need to walk by faith because we can’t see clearly. However, we know a seed was planted in the darkness. It is growing.
Keep walking. Even if your steps are small, when you can’t see the Lord, feel after Him. He is near, even at the door.