Light in the Midst of Darkness
After I tore the ligament in my knee and was picked up on the side of the road and taken to the farm outside Henderson, Kentucky to recover, my host warned me about it being very dark at night. She helped me up to my room on the second floor and said goodnight.
The pain in my knee chased away any hope of sleep so I opened the blinds overlooking the backyard and endless cornfields. She was right. The pitch black reached out to choke out any hope of the light of day.
Miles away across the fields, a beacon of life flashed. Somewhere in a distant field, a bright white light warned pilots that a tower was beneath it. For the next two weeks, I fell asleep staring at the light in the middle of nowhere.
Though I was not concerned about my knee or what would come of the Road to Freedom Tour, there was still uncertainty. God used that light to remind me to keep my eyes fixed on him when darkness comes. Though my knee hurt, nothing had changed, really. I was still on the Road to Freedom. I still ministered to hurting women. And I didn’t know where I’d go next, how long I’d be there or what would happen while I was there.
We all face darkness in our lives, times when we are engulfed in blackness that is palpable. You’ve felt it. Maybe you’re feeling as you read this. But there really is a light in the midst of the darkness.
It reminded me of when I was a police officer. Because I worked rotating shifts, every January, April, July and October I landed on the midnight shift. I hated it. There was a time in the night that became so dark, I just knew it was going to choke out all life and hope of tomorrow.
But, only a moment later, I was see just the fainted hint of life creeping over the eastern horizon. I soon learned to look forward to the darkest part of the night, because I knew dawn ran right on its heels.
The darkest part of the night is just before the dawn. No matter how dark our circumstances become, there is ALWAYS a light in the midst of darkness. Always.
Had I not positioned myself to see the light in the dark fields on the farm, I would have missed it. I would have looked out into pitch blackness in the pain of my circumstance: a torn knee ligament. But I looked for a light. When I found it, every night I fixed my eyes on it and let it draw me near. The darkness only served to brighten the light.
No matter what your circumstances are right now, there is a brightly shining light in the midst of your darkness. Focus on that. Draw near to it and don’t take your eyes off it. Soon enough, the darkness will surrender to the dawn of a new day and you’ll be filled with hope!
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I thought about a light house as well! I love seeing the first light of day. It is so...so awe inspiring. Great post, Reba.
This may be my favorite post yet. The pictures are beautiful. It almost made me think of a lighthouse too, how the same thing happens, it is one tiny light in a vast darkness. There are so many correlations to this, you are a light in a dark world Reba. I think you seeing that light was symbolic of how God is using you. God bless your future speaking engagements!
@kimberlylbuckner it was so great seeing you at ACFW. You've been one of my most faithful supporters in the Road to Freedom Tour. It was great to give you a hug and thank you in person. ANd yes, the next phase of Road to Freedom is going to be AWESOME!!!!
@suzyparish a lighthouse is a perfect reminder of this truth! Thanks for sharing!
@suzyparish I also envisioned a lighthouse when reading this article. But that might be because my family recently saw some on our family vacation to Lake Superior and Lake Michigan in August.
Reba, I love hearing about your journey and the ways in which God's blessing you and those you come into contact with. :)