The Light in the Darkness By Rachel Wortman
Finding a light in the darkness…
We all go through trials in life. Sometimes they are resolved quickly and other times it feels like they stay around for a while. These long lasting trials have a nasty way of playing tricks on our emotions, our thoughts, our energy in such a deep way it can leave us changed. Cynical. Skeptical of any future positivity that could come our way. When darkness falls all around us what do you do? What can you do? Some of us call a friend, reach out to a loved one, turn to food or sleep to try and ease the pain.
What if I told you there was a way out of the pain that required nothing more than having a thought. A single thought so powerful it has the potential to turn even the darkest of circumstances around for your benefit. A thought that simply looks for the little bit of light in the midst of the darkness you are facing. Ask yourself: what is this circumstance teaching me about myself? Where is the faithfulness of God being displayed in this situation? Who is God portraying Himself to me through this situation that He would not be able to reveal if I was not facing this hardship?
Ok, that’s three thoughts, but perspective is one of the most powerful tools we have and its absolutely free. I can choose to focus on the pain, disappointment, failure, heartache. Or I can choose to focus on that little light in the distance of a horizon of pain. All it takes is a minuscule amount of light to fix my focus on. A shred of positivity. A glimmer of hope. Because what we focus on grows. What we behold, we become. What we emphasize, we embody.
When you face a trial, you have a choice. Spend your time and energy dwelling on every hurtful moment or choose to dig deeper. There is a gift hiding in every challenge you come across. Gifts of revelation, insight, truth, opportunities to practice our faith, and to grow stronger. Our perspective determines what we are able to see. If you are unhappy with what you see in the landscape of your life look again. Look with a lens of hope. Look through a filter of a God who loves you, is for you, and adamantly wants the best for your life. There is a light in your darkness. When you find it, don’t look away. Fixate on it. Obsess over it, and as you do, that light will grow brighter eventually flooding your whole view with beautiful sunlight.