Not Afraid of the Dark

This was a water color picture I made in an art class that I took with a friend who was undergoing cancer treatments at Morristown Memorial Hospital.

“I’m so psyched I had a great quiet time this morning and I’m ready to take on the day!” Said the 50-something mom and wife of three kids who’s been a Christian for over 25 years. “I feel God’s love and know the direction he’s calling me to.” She said, but by night fall, the worry, anxiety and even depression began to set in and the intimate relationship that she just experienced earlier in the day began to wear off like the disappearing sunset she just watched outside her window.

Wait a minute, now. Does God only show up in our day when we’re having our quiet times, when we have our Bibles and notebooks out? Or is God only available to us in the early morning of the day when we’re enjoying our cups of coffee? Or is our coffee just making us more alert to the truth that God is always with us?

Psalm 139:7-12 says:

Where can I go from your Spirit?
    Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
    if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
    if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
    your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
    and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
    the night will shine like the day,
    for darkness is as light to you.

You see, God is omni-present. Unlike a good friend we get to hang out with for a short period of time, our God is capable of being everywhere at the same time, day and night, with and inside every person in the entire universe! Since Jesus is part of the Trinity, Father, Son and Spirit, He must also be able to be with us everywhere we go, whereever we are, especially when we’ve got His Spirit in us.

So how can we make Jesus more tangible during the lonely times? Think about Him being there, with us in our present moment. Think of him in our souls filling us up with all of the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Think of Him hemming us in, walking before us and behind us and taking our hand, walking with us or leading the way.

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and beyond cure.” It says in Jeremiah 17:9. “Who can understand it?” Our feelings of fear, loneliness and discontentment do not have to rule us. When we are in Him and He is in us, we can have the peace (and contentment) which surpasses all understanding.

And if that doesn’t help, He might just be nudging you to reach out and talk to someone who He’s put on your heart.

Have you ever felt nudged to call someone?

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