We are in a dark season. For the true son’s of God, dark seasons are often growth seasons. We grow by stretching our faith as we grow deep and sustaining disciplines. We learn to trust not in anyone or anything but in God. We are in that season of growth. Apparently, some may not see it that way so as to realize and tap on the availed grace. Dark seasons are also waiting seasons. Waiting with no timelines or ever changing timelines.
Some dark season has engulfed many of us, thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic. But for some of us, we trust God to grow in this season. As our foundations are shaken, faith stretched and true disciplines established, we will become much better.
Unfortunately, some might fall by the wayside. Many trees are going to dry up and wilt. Some foundations are going to be found wanting. Some systems will give in.
We have to discover the best of this season. We have to trust God to see beyond the darkness. We have to make up our minds to engage right in this season.
We believe that Our faith and our hope will be strengthened. We know that the true sustaining christian disciplines will be established. Yes, in this very dark season, our life purposes will be refined and defined.
Here is a past reminder of the blessings of dark seasons; God’s saints accomplish great things while staggering around in dark. It’s exciting to gaze ahead, but faith grows best in the dark.
Life in the sunshine is so exhilarating that we seldom notice our faith beginning to dry and droop in such conditions. It’s when things are dim, that spiritual life mushrooms. Dark mysteries bring great blessings.
At the close of the year that saw the death of his newborn son and then the death of his wife and then assaults on his own health, Hudson Taylor wrote, ‘This was the most sorrowful and most blessed year of my life.’
When it’s sunny we want to run off and play. It’s when it’s darkest that we hold Father’s hand the tightest.
In the gloom, qualities like faith, love, trust, patience and dedication, are stretched to limits we have never before reached.
In sunny clear conditions eyes of faith can see far and forever. When storms closes in, it is a mammoth task for those same eyes to even slightly pierce through mild clouds.
Most of us in our spiritual honeymoon (or is it spiritual immaturity) could be radiant primarily because we think we have entered a blissful world of near- perfect Christians, instant answers to selfish prayers and a life forever free from pain, heartache and trials.
It’s pain endured in the valley, not the high feelings in the afterglow of mountaintop spiritual ecstasy, that validates love, grows faith and establishes discipline and purpose.
I long for public worship to be fully restored as we’ve known and defined it. But I will trust God to gain from the pains and struggles of having to do praise and worship for this long without the aid of polished singers and powerful instruments.
Well, it depends on how you look at this season. The darkness can confuse , disorganize and paralyze your spiritual growth or it can be a season of tremendous growth and depth!
Choose to grow in this dark season.