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Exposing Darkness to Light

Pain is a fire in her soul getting stronger as she meditates on the child that’s missing. How to get through this “happy” season without them? How can she celebrate even the birth of the Christ child? The desire is to hide away with the pain and hurt. Embalm herself in the secret place deep inside. But the ‘place’ becomes a pit that digs itself deeper and darker. How to stop the black despair and come out into the light again?

In the book  Cast Up a Highway  it talks about preparing for the storms and hurts of life [Chapter 4]. Then once deeply painful situations do come upon us, we realize they cannot be handled by self alone, and a pattern of defense has been established:

Standing Strong in Hard Times

. . . Spending time with Him will develop intimacy, a relationship that brings a deep knowing about Him and a sharing of His love for us. We need this, because without it, we can be defeated by those dark times that feel like we are all alone, dry, hopeless, and helpless.

Continual feeding of our faith plants surety in our minds and hearts that God is there, an anchor of strength and power. God loves us, and we can overcome negative feelings with His Word. We cannot live by what our feelings are saying; our feelings are not always reliable. We choose to live instead by what the Word says, for the Word always speaks the truth! The Word is a rock we can stand on and trust in. We all need solid places to stand mentally and emotionally, especially when we get hit by bad news, a loss, a disappointment, or a fear.

He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up
nor leave you without support.
[I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless
nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)!
[Assuredly not!]  —Hebrews 13:5   

Through any anguish or smothering darkness filled situation, the inner core of the heart holds the answer: a deeper relationship with our Father. Some situations cannot be healed by time or another human being, only He can reach down into the heart past the black feelings and bring a balm of healing to the wound. The enemy is working his dirty tricks to
infect the soreness in every way possible; but trusting God and voicing our heart throbbing pain to Him is the fastest road that breaks the plunging darkness of the enemy's hold. Then God can guide us back into the light. In my time of dark confusion, Holy Spirit led me to read Hebrews 10:9-25, and as I meditated on those words, truth was revealed:

"OK, Holy Spirit so the Word tells me I am cleansed and God remembers my sins no more; thus I can come right up to my Father and speak with Him, and share my heart with Him. Not only am I able, but He invites it, desires it, and loves it when I do, because it shows how totally I trust Him and love Him. Thank You, Holy Spirit, for reminding me of this, for carving the truth in my heart. 

This truth means I am able to shake off guilt and lies of the enemy~as a dog shakes off water after a bath~ and come up out of the pity pit and walk straight into the arms of Father God, because He sees me in Christ and Christ in me. I am cleansed and purified and made worthy to be in the Presence of the mighty God Jehovah, and not just “be” in His presence, but to commune, to connect, and to conjoin with Him allowing Him access into my heart's suffering.

Yes, the answer is: seek the tender heart of God; soak in the comforting warmth of His love, feel Him listening and hearing cries of your hurt and torment. He can  console like no other and faithfully He will carry us through it.

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