Finding Light in the Dark
How to Live Your Life Like a Great Big Thank you Card
What if told you right now to make a list of everything you want to thank God for? Where would it begin, and would it ever end?
Sometimes, our world just loves to put us in sticky situations. It can throw hardships at us and battle our biggest instabilities. So as God’s children, we wake up everyday with our swords sharpened and ready to go; we count our battles as blessings. But what does this really mean? What does it mean to rejoice so constantly and in such a consistent way that we feel joy over our sadness even in the darkest of times?
Matthew 6:22-23 English Standard Version (ESV)
22 The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, 23 but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
Everyday God gifts us with so much freedom, and one of the choices that we can make with this freedom is how we perceive our world. Jesus tells us that it is not necessarily what we perceive- but HOW we perceive. He says that our perception should be in tune with complete and utter truth, a truth so glorious and joyful that it acts as a lamp; spreading its light and positivity to our entire bodies which will then also become full of abundant light. However, if what we are perceiving conflicts with the truth, if it is false, then what we will see is darkness. And that darkness will be so bleak that it will overshadow all of the light God has so generously given us the gift of obtaining. Our perception of the world is what allows us to rejoice in EVERYTHING around us. If you cannot find joy within the tough situations, than you are missing out on the eternal beam of light God has placed inside of you.
Remaining Joyful in Trials
1 Peter 4:12-13 New International Version (NIV)
12 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.
I was recently on an airplane, and as I watched the land stretch further and further away from my seat, my window became flooded with Him. Clouds, sunshine, mountains, rivers, HIM. His creations; I look down at my hands very own hands and again, HIS creations are all around me. God’s work is everywhere, and if you can’t feel or remember that in the moment, just take a look around. God’s glory is always so good that it is too enthralling to overlook. If you let it, His beauty can shine over any darkness that has come your way. His beauty is constant and reliable; man will fade, He will not. Do not become so overly consumed with your trials that you are unable to feel overjoyed with the glory in all of God’s creations around you.
This verse discusses two opposing ideas in one cohesive statement, trials and joy. The reason it is able to do this is because though trials and tests appear, they will fade just as fast. These things are temporary, but joy on the other hand is so pure that it is unfading and always present. So while it may feel like there is a constant trial in your life that you are unable to overcome, remember that the only constant and eternal things come from our creator. Joy is always present, because He is always present.
We have so much to thank God for every second of every day. Having consistent gratitude becomes a reminder to us that joy is always present because His light is so bright that it can shine through any shadow. He has walked behind you, He is walking next to you, and He will walk with you.