The Winter Solstice has recently brought us the shortest day and the longest night of the year in the Southern Hemisphere and vice versa for the Northern Hemisphere. This morning my husband and I had to switch the diningroom light on to see our breakfast – it was dark, cold and it had been raining all night. As I ate my cereal I thought about the heaviness and grayness of the day. The thick cloud cover successfully hid the lovely winter sunshine that usually streams through our north-facing windows. At that moment a beautiful thought came into my mind:All I can see now is the darkness and heaviness of the clouds but ABOVE the sun still shines! If I went high enough I would be in brilliant sunshine! Life can feel heavy, dark and overcast conditions may prevail in your life right now but the sun still shines behind it all! The light has not gone…you just can’t see it at the moment. You can’t feel its warmth but it’s there nonetheless. You just have to go high enough in God to find it.
Light conditions have a huge impact on us and how we feel. I have noticed on TV programmes how people who are house hunting respond immediately to a bright, sunny room. ‘What a lovely, bright room!” they exclaim. We all have ‘dark’ and ‘light’ rooms in our homes. I always want to add a warm paint colour or to accessorize with warm colours in an attempt to make the darker rooms appear warm, cosy and inviting. I am most definitely a ‘light’ person. Just switch on a bedside light next to me and I feel instantly comforted. My cats love to sit under the table lamps – I guess they enjoy the heat as well as the light.
Solomon loved the light. In the book of Ecclesiastes 11:7, he said, Truly the light is sweet And it is pleasant for the eyes to behold the sun.
Recently I attended the funeral of a young 23 year old man, the son of friends we have known and been in fellowship with for many years. My husband and I had taught him and his brothers at Sunday School and Youth. It was a beautiful service but a verse was quoted that touched my heart in a special way. The familiar line from Psalm 23 v. 4 was referred to:
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil; For You are with me;
Death, grief and mourning are dark places. Death is a valley experience. However, I have never noticed the significance of the fact that God refers to the valley experience of death as a SHADOW!
Think about it: Shadows only exist where there is LIGHT!
Last Saturday the early morning sunlight was streaming onto our passage wall. Jan was getting dressed to go to market and as I lay in bed I asked him to make a ‘shadow’ figure on the wall for me – which he kindly did! One can only play this game if there is enough light BEHIND his hand to cast a SHADOW on the wall.
The conclusion I have come to is that even in life’s darkest moments God intends us to be aware of His presence. His Light shines above and around your darkness. You may not be aware of His presence with any of your senses but you can KNOW and BELIEVE in your heart that your problems can never separate you from the light and love of God.
Isaiah 60:1,2 and 19,20 contains some wonderful promises for you:
For your light has come!
And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.
For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth,
And deep darkness the people;
But the Lord will arise over you,
And His glory will be seen upon you…..
The sun shall no longer be your light by day,
Nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you;
But the Lord will be to you an everlasting light,
And your God your glory.
Your sun shall no longer go down,
Nor shall your moon withdraw itself;
For the Lord will be your everlasting light,
And the days of your mourning shall be ended.’As I typed the last two lines I glanced up to my Perspex stand of ‘Daily Light’ cards that sit on top of my computer and guess what?…the exact verse is looking down at me!!! I have just had what I call a ‘God-moment’. A moment in time when God’s Word becomes a rhema, a revelation and I KNOW that promise is mine! I feel God has put His stamp of approval on this letter, so receive it as coming directly from His heart to yours! Let’s personalize the verse just for you so that you can memorize it:
The Lord will be MY everlasting light, and MY days of sorrow will end.
Print this letter, keep it close and pull it out on a ‘dark’ day. BY FAITH ‘see’ the Light of God shining down on you and know that your problem is a mere shadow that is surrounded by the light and love of God. His light will surround your darkness.