The shades were closed, the curtains were drawn together….not a hint of light shown into my bedroom. As I got out of my bed and proceeded toward the bathroom, I couldn’t see the suitcase my husband had left in the middle of the floor upon his return from S Africa earlier that evening.
But seconds later, I felt the pain from it.
My toe jammed into the hard plastic wheels and my shin scraped across the top covering.
After the shock of the collision, I figured it would be a good idea to turn the closet light on and crack the door….just in case I had to get up again.
I was surprised to see how a small slither of light could penetrate the entire room. What was once completely dark, now seemed to be illuminated.
I find in difficult times it’s hard to see past the darkness…the pain, the hurt, the frustration.
When overcome by life’s hardships, I tend to battle the darkness the best I can, meanwhile looking all around for a tiny ray of light to give me hope for a resolution to whatever it is I’m struggling with.
Because I know if I find a small glimpse of hope in the darkest of times, it can completely change my perspective.
After years of battling fear, doubt, worry and anxiety, I realized the One place I could find hope.
How to Walk in the Light When You’re Surrounded by Darkness
Remember You are Not Alone
Although we may feel alone in hard times, God promises to be with us. He is the reason we can walk in the light. One of my favorite Psalms shows God’s guidance for his people during the valleys…
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil; For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
Psalm 23: 1-4 NKJV
Did you catch that? He is our Shepherd.
He guides us through the hard times.
Even when we feel alone, we can rest in the fact that He is leading us from a place of victory. He knows the end from the beginning and knows the direction we need to go.
And when our souls get weary, He gently leads us into rest.
In the hard times it may seem like we won’t make it.
It may feel like our only option is to give up.
But I love this part of the verse…. I walk through the valley of the shadow of death. The key here is that we are walking.
Not stopping, not giving up, but moving forward. And even though it feels like death is near, we know it’s just a shadow.
That is what we have to focus on…..how to walk in the Light. When we keep our eyes on Jesus, we can be confident we’ll come out victorious.
Claim God’s Promises
Life’s difficulties can overwhelm us, making it hard to see the goodness of God. We begin to wonder if His promises are really meant for us. Here are 3 promises I like to claim when I feel overcome with problems:
He works ALL things out for our good
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28 NLT
Declaration: God works all things out for my good, because I love Him and I’m called according to His purpose. He is watching over me every step of the way, and giving me wisdom to overcome every obstacle I face. I am confident in His love for me and His ability to care for me. I will come out of this stronger and better because my God covers me!
He will FIGHT for you
The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still. Exodus 14:14 NIV
Declaration: I will be strong and courageous in all that I do, because the Lord fights my battles. While I wait on Him, I will be still and rest in His truth. I refuse to believe any lies of defeat. When those thoughts come my way, I will take them captive and make them obedient to Christ. I have the mind of Christ; therefore, my thoughts line up with His Word. I have everything I need to overcome my battles. My God will supply all of my needs according to His riches and glory!
He will give me STRENGTH
He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Isaiah 40:29 NLT
Declaration: God is giving me the power and strength to defeat every foe that comes my way. Where I am weak, He is strong. I stand firm on His Word and His promises for me. My mind is focused on the truth of who He is and who He says I am. I am a daughter of the King, chosen, anointed to fulfill my purpose in this life. I will confidently walk through any trial knowing, I already have the victory!
Surround Yourself with Godly Women
A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken. Ecclesiastes 4:12 NLT
It’s not easy walking through valleys alone. What an accurate picture this scripture demonstrates of the difference it makes to have people to walk through hard times with!
I have totally tried doing it alone.
I wanted to protect myself from what others would think. However, in the end I felt more isolated and alone than protected.
THAT is the enemy’s plan for us. To isolate us.
When we isolate, he can convince us of our lack of worth…. our lack of purpose.
The lies flood in and it becomes harder to see the truth.
But that doesn’t have to be our story.
God has a better plan. He has knit us into His family…the local church to walk with us in these dark times.
You may be thinking….NO WAY, I’ve tried that and I got hurt.
PLEASE don’t let that stop you. Pray and ask God to show you who to connect with. Ask Him to open up doors that no man can close! When you get into relationship with godly women, you’ll begin to experience the fruit of community.
Friend, are you in a dark place? I want to encourage you….you can walk in the Light! Jesus has everything you need. He can heal every hurt, calm every fear, and do the impossible in any situation.
Today I’m sharing a featured post for the Salt & Light linkup FB group by Heather Chapman on How God’s Light Chases Away Fear. When darkness come, fear can ensue…but God’s light casts out all fear! You’ll love this practical and encouraging post!