Today is December 21, the Winter Solstice. That’s the shortest day and the longest night of the year. When you wake up, it’s dark and when you get home from work it’s dark. It can be tough and depressing to wake up and go home in darkness, and the same thing can happen in life. Jesus even promised that we would have hard times in this life – to paraphrase, that we have days like today that are mostly dark. During those times, it is easy to let the darkness take away our hope and joy and to focus on the darkness. When we focus on the darkness it’s like walking around in the night and then stubbing your toe. To make it through it takes patience, endurance, patient endurance, and trusting in God. Sometimes we ask God for patience, but he’s really giving us the situations to learn patience. Learning is much harder than simply receiving, but God is with you through it all. When we trust God in the darkness, he will lead us through it, and since he knows the best way for you to go, it takes away the risk of stubbing a toe!
The dark night of the soul isn’t a permanent place. Even though it may seem like the darkness won’t end, the good news is the darkness can never last. The dawn will come. John 1:4-5 says, “Life itself was in him, and this life gives light to everyone. The light shines through the darkness and the darkness can never extinguish it.” Starting tomorrow, the day will get a little bit longer every day until the long days of darkness are only a memory. Each day can bring more hope.
If you’re going through a long night, I’m sorry. It really sucks, but God will be with you through it and help you. I hope that’s a comfort.
PS. This post a different style than I usually write and doesn’t really have anything to do with what we’re doing. I hope you don’t mind the change up.
PPS. “The night is darkest before the dawn.” – Harvey from Batman.