5. When You Are Enduring a Season of Darkness
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"I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand." Ps. 40:1-2
Waiting requires a different kind of courage -- one that often feels even more difficult than those situations where you are making a choice to step into an intimidating situation. This type of waiting can feel excruciating, especially when you don’t see a way out, or you are mourning a loss that you can’t imagine ever recovering from.
The faith to wait means having a willingness to be still in the midst of discomfort, usually for an unforeseen amount of time.
However, it is in that lonely place of darkness and hopelessness that Christ meets us with a comfort that no other vessel can provide. He empathizes with our pain, welcomes our cries for relief, and gently points us to hope in the day when all things will be made new.
Not only does He provide the immediate companionship and provision that we need in our waiting, but also spurs our hearts to look forward to the end of all the sadness, pain, fear, and death that plagues us. Not only will those troubles be stopped, but they will be replaced with a peace and joy that overshadows even the deepest valley of this world.
Even though there are many sorrows in this life for which we cannot imagine a satisfactory restoration, we can simply cling to Jesus in the meantime and rely on Him to provide the hope that we need to take the next step forward.
“‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.’ He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’” Revelation 21:4
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