How to See the Light in Darkness
Written by T.M. Gaouette | November 11, 2014
Ladies, we all struggle in life. And in these moments of darkness, it’s so easy to allow ourselves to get lost. But it really doesn’t have to be this way. When times get tough and the light fades, don’t lose hope. Because it’s during these moments that God opens His arms wider and urges you to choose Him.
But seeing the light in darkness is not easy. Our first instinct is often to just give up and let the darkness consume us. In the beginning of the Gospel of John, we’re reminded that “the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” So light is so much more powerful than darkness and this is why we can find the light, even in darkness.
So, how do you see the light when you’re in darkness?
- Remember that suffering is a part of life. Jesus suffered more than we ever will, so how can we expect that we will never taste moments of suffering and darkness? But just because we do doesn’t mean that we should allow the darkness in our lives to consume us. Read 10 Ways to Cope With Suffering.
- Remember God’s promises. Scripture is full of promises from God: 1 Peter 5:6-7, John 14:27, 2 Thessalonians 3:3, Philippians 4:6-7 and so many others. Psalms is a great reminder of God’s promises if you want to focus on a specific book. Reading about God’s promises reminds us that God thinks highly of us. And His love is reflected in the goodness He blesses us with. He just wants us to love Him back.
- Our life is not the end. It will always be imperfect. But if we continue to follow God’s commandments in this life, then we will achieve eternal joy with Him in Heaven. This is His greatest promise. And isn’t that the ultimate goal of our life anyway?
- Look to God for strength and have faith. It’s not easy in moments of darkness to believe that God is there for you. But that’s what it means to have faith. It’s a full surrender of all your worries and a complete trust in His love. He tells us to place our worries in His hands. And just trusting that He has our back sheds light on our darkness.
- Know that He will never forsake you. Of course, even Jesus felt forsaken on the cross, but just like Jesus, we must remember that God never leaves us high and dry.
- Pray and believe. Praying is a great way to bring us closer to God. Prayer is a reminder that God is with you at all times. In those darkest moments, praying to Him is a comfort that we all need.
- Read your Bible. Reading the Truth about God’s love for you is such a great way to put everything in perspective. Those darkest moments may just be easier to bear when we’re reminded of the struggle of persecuted Christians or Christ’s Passion itself.
- Don’t be alone. Spend time with Christian friends who inspire you and who shine a light of God’s Truth. Christian friends understand the significance of God’s light shining on those suffering in the dark. They know what you need and will help you in your struggle.
- Go to church. Spend as much time as you can in your Father’s house and partake in the sacraments. These are just more ways in which you can draw closer to Christ. And this will help you climb out of the pit sooner rather than later.
- Be the light. Matthew 5:14-16 reads: “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” By partaking in acts of kindness and charity, we are not only reminded that others have moment of darkness, but in helping them, we recognize our own value. Additionally, being a light for others refocuses your attention away from your own struggles and onto someone else’s.
This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. (1 John 1:5-7)
The darkness belongs to Satan, so reach out of it and toward the hand of God.
Ladies, do you find it difficult to see the light in darkness?