Sometimes I will play hide and seek with my kids at night. The rule is no lights. The one exception to the rule is: the person counting has to be in the bathroom with the light on. Once they come out of the bathroom the light is turned off.
Those who have been hiding are already accustomed to being in the dark. So, it is easier to get around in the dark. But for the one counting in the light – it takes some time for the eyes to adjust to the darkness… making it more difficult to find those hiding.
As I drove to work today, I thought about how it feels sometimes as a Christian to “be in the dark.” It’s time for first of the month focus. For a few weeks now vision has been hard to come by. It feels as though I just stepped out of the bathroom from counting with the light on. My eyes have not quite adjusted. I guess one could say I’ve been, “blinded by the light.”
The darkness I am experiencing is not out of some sin or anything like that… It’s just a season I’m walking into. Hopefully it will be short lived. But while here I will be still and know that He is God. I will have no fear for I know that He is with me… I find comfort in knowing Him… He is my help in time of need… He is my Rock, my Comforter, and my Provider. Read Psalm 23.
Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed– that exhilarating finish in and with God – he could put up with anything along the way: cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!” (Hebrews 12:2-3, The Message).