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Seeing in the Dark

April 18, 2011

Technology has changed many areas of our life. We’ve become accustomed to things being easier. We have dishwashers, microwave ovens, and ice makers in our kitchens. Our cars come with power windows, power steering, and power locks. We don’t use maps; we rely on GPS. We have riding lawn mowers, weed whackers, and blowers for our yards. We’ve added electric razors, blow dryers, and electric toothbrushes to our bathrooms. Technology has advanced everything from air travel to smart phones. 

I wonder if this progress in technology has left us emotionally impaired. We come to expect a ‘fix’ for any obstacle we encounter. We look to things outside of us to get us through. We might be surprised to discover that hardships provide the conditions for our life to grow. 

I recently read that 75 percent of ocean life is nocturnal. Apparently, the sea comes alive in the dark. Unseen by the naked eye, only divers who are willing to plunge into the murky depths are treated to this exotic display of nature. 

This provides an important metaphor for our lives. We work so hard to keep the lights on in our life, to drive away the darkness, that we are vulnerable to missing a spectacular work of grace in our life. The Israelites spent 40 years in the wilderness. Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness preparing for his ministry. He also spent three days in the tomb. The disciples waited 50 days for the Holy Spirit to empower this fledgling community. 

I’m not suggesting we look for harder ways to do things. I don’t see any benefit to people finding the role of the victim. All I’m suggesting is that when life puts us in the dark, we look to see what God might be doing beyond our sight. 

You may be facing tough times at your job. You may be battling serious medical conditions. You may be struggling with an important relationship. You may be grieving a terrible loss. None of these are our preferred circumstances, but none of them are outside the scope of God’s grace. It takes courage to dive into the shadowy darkness of the ocean. It takes more courage to face the spiritual and emotional darkness of life. For those who face the darkness, an amazing display of grace awaits.

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  1. Marlene Layton permalink
    April 22, 2011 10:15 AM

    Thank you Pastor Phil.

    I’m going to try to keep focused on what God’s doing during this time of a monumental loss and a potentially life changing surgery.


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