This devotional was written by a longtime friend who’s also in my writers’ group. On Valentine’s Day (when our Blue Water Writers’ Group last met), some of us were also able to share lunch together! If you enjoy writing, I hope you get together with other writers for encouragement. I also hope you enjoy this little meditation as much as I did! Yes, it’s still below freezing here in Michigan!
The tricky part about waking early in the morning in the winter is that it’s so dark outside! I’m struck by how differently things look: the streetlights highlight the trees in unfamiliar ways, making lacy patterns against the inky darkness. There’s a mysterious beauty to only seeing what’s illuminated as I wait for light of dawn, when trees look dark against the light of the sky. The same is true where I work out; I start in the dark, even though I flip on a light switch. There is a sensor a few feet into the room that activates the lights, so after I flip the switch, I must walk forward in the dark trusting the lights will turn fully on. This simply act of walking forward in the dark and trusting there will be light reminds me of my faith in God, who illumines our darkness. Though I may feel I’m walking in darkness of circumstances, understanding or emotion, I pray to walk faithfully, trusting that He will give the light of His love and truth. His word says that darkness is not dark to Him; He makes darkness flee. I trust He will illumine each step of the way as I continue walking by faith. “This is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5). “For You are my lamp, O LORD; And the LORD illumines my darkness” (2 Samuel 22:29, NASB). “Even the darkness is not dark to You, and the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are alike to You” (Psalm 139:12, NASB). “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:5, NIV). “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the LORD rises upon you and his glory appears over you” (Isaiah 60:1-2, NIV). “For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness” made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6). “Who among you fears the LORD, listening to the voice of His Servant? Who among you walks in darkness, and has no light? Let him trust in the name of Yahweh; let him lean on his God” (Isaiah 50:10).
(Written by Lisa Walkendorf; we shared the joy of working on illustrations. Thank you, Lisa!)