The Uncomfortable Silence in the Darkness

Darkness.  What comes to mind when you hear or read the word darkness?  I am not ashamed to admit that as a young child, I always preferred that my door was ajar and even better if the bathroom light was left on.  As a teenager, on our way home from an out of state basketball tournament our bus broke down.  It was no fun sitting on the bus in the middle of the night so me and some of my teammates volunteered to walk to the next gas station.  I don’t know what we were thinking!

There was no full moon and the darkness that engulfed us out on the side of the highway as we wandered aimlessly in search of help. I can remember hearing the buzzing of insects and owls saying hello in the stillness of the night.  I’m not sure how far we walked in the darkness that night but the joy in my soul at the sight of a flickering gas station sign almost bought tears to my eyes!

This last week I faced an unexpected moment of darkness as I was “awakened” to the fact that the electricity went out on our block in the early morning hours.   It’s one thing to expect an outage when storms are brewing in your area.  However, it is something altogether different when you have just awakened ,are stretching and yawning, and saying your morning prayer before your feet hit the floor!   My heart was beating a little faster when you wonder am I alone in here?  I was making plans to jump out the bedroom window if needed!  At that moment I heard the scurrying of feet in the apartment above and a calm comes over me.

After the scurrying upstairs stopped and I had left a message with the electric company, there was an eerie silence that came over my home.  There was no phone beeping or buzzing, the air conditioning is off.   The silence really hit me when I went to grab a bottled water and the refrigerator was dark.  I grabbed my LED lantern and began to shake up my green juice and take my medications.  While drinking my juice I could hear myself swallowing!  I set the bottle down and God began to speak to me. I moved over to my “quiet area” and decided this was the perfect time to communicate with God.   There were no distractions or things to do in that moment of darkness but listen to Almighty God.  I smiled inside as I began to read my devotional and the verses were about darkness and light!   I want to share some Bible verses and a few of God’s reminders from that morning spent in uncomfortable silence.Jesus is the Light of the world!

Jesus is the Light of the world!  I am both humbled and blessed that Jesus opened my eyes so I can see how desperately I need Him as Lord of my life.  For many years, I enjoyed frolicking in the darkness that the world (Satan) offers.  It is by God’s amazing grace that He chose me to be a part of His family.  It’s my prayer that others will come to know Christ as I do and that my testimony will be an inspiration and encouragement to my brothers and sisters in Christ!

 Jesus cried out and said, “he that believes in Me does not believe in Me but believes in Him who sent Me.  I have come as Light into the world so that everyone who believes in Me might not remain in darkness.” John 12:44, 46.

To open their eyes that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.”  Acts 26:18

Amazing words from Jesus as He spoke to his disciples and later to Paul on the road to Damascus. Thank you Jesus for shining Your “Light” on me!  I now have His forgiveness, the freedom to live obediently for Him, and a future in Heaven someday to worship God for all eternity!

Jesus asks us to be a light for Him!  Ever since I recommitted my life to Christ almost 4 years ago,  the phrase “salt and light” has stuck in my head.  God asks us to be “separate” from the world.  I am a work in progress but I want my light to shine for brightly Christ as I seek to live for Him.  I know that Satan will do all He can to snuff out my light but with the power of Christ supplying the flame, my light is here to stay!  May we always seek to be faithful in keeping our light at it’s brightest!

The night is almost gone and the day is near.  Therefore, let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.” Romans 13:12

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lamp stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.  Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16Put on the Armor of Light

Jesus is ALWAYS with us!  Darkness has a way of confusing us at times.  During the blackout, I noticed a few things that occurred because of it. Initially I was discouraged. I was deceived and did not notice the side of the door until I ran smack into it and things were distorted by the darkness! My green juice definitely did not look as appetizing in the darkness that morning!

The good news is our faith in Christ bring us through the dark times in life!  Just like I knew the green juice was going to be good for me in spite of the odd looking color and I believed the electricians would restore the light in my apartment.  God is with us and working in our lives even when we cannot see clearly or make sense of what’s taking place.

I have set the Lord continually before me; because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”  Psalms 16:8.

I will ask the Father and He will give you another Helper that He may be with you forever.  That is the Spirit of Truth whom the world cannot receive because it does not see Him or know Him but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.”  John 14:16-17.

Such verses of comfort and strength from our Lord and Savior!  I am humbled by His unconditional love.  Within a few minutes of my quiet time that day the electricity was restored and there were lights on all over the place!  I am thankful for the moments of silence that allowed me to hear from God that morning.  My spirit was encouraged and my flame burns brighter from my time with God that day.  I learned from this experience to not only take my requests to God in prayer but to listen for His “still small voice.” 1 Kings 19:12.Listen for the still small voice of God

I wonder how many times do we miss the “still small voice” of our loving Father in the hustle and bustle of our days?  May we always make it a point to have some “uncomfortable” silence with Him each day.  He’s calling…are you listening?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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24 comments on “The Uncomfortable Silence in the Darkness

Horace, thanks for a great post on darkness and light. I can only imagine how thankful your teen self was to see the lights of that gas station after a long, dark walk of uncertainty. Your analogy of smacking into the door in the dark will stick with me. I particularly loved this statement, “God is with us and working in our lives even when we cannot see clearly or make sense of what’s taking place.” This is so true, but can be so easy to forget. In this situation, discouragement can be a whole other kind of darkness. Thanks for sharing your thoughts today!

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Thank you Ginger for stopping by. Yes it was a pretty traumatic experience that night! I believe that discouragement is one of Satan’s darts that He fires at us repeatedly. I thank God for the shield of Faith that is available to us for protection. I hope you have a wonderful weekend! Blessings.

The good news is our faith in Christ brings us through the dark times in life. – I love this reminder, Horace.
No matter how dark it is God is always there with us. I hope you have a wonderful week. Thanks for linking up with Thankful Thursdays.

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Yes Lori that is so true! Not only does God bring us through but our faith in Him increases when that happens. I am thankful for His love, comfort, and protection. Thanks again for the opportunity to share at Thankful Thursdays. You are such a blessing and encouragement my friend. Have a wonderful week and May God bless you and yours!

Sometimes those forced moments of quiet are exactly what we need! I am praying with you for your life and your message to continue being a light that reflects the glory of Jesus! Thank you so much, my friend, for sharing this hope in the darkness alongside me at Moments of Hope!!
Blessings and smiles,
Lori

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Amen Lori. God uses different circumstances and situations to speak to us sometimes! Thank you for you prayers and encouragement. I really appreciate your invitation to share at Moments of Hope. Have a wonderful weekend and may God bless you and yours!

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Thank you for visiting here today Victor! I hope you enjoyed the post. I am thankful for what God revealed to me in the darkness. Have a wonderful weekend and may God bless you and yours in all your endeavors!

Horace, I love this! I loved this line in particular: “this was the perfect time to communicate with God. There were no distractions or things to do in that moment of darkness but listen to Almighty God. I smiled inside as I began to read my devotional and the verses were about darkness and light!” Isn’t God just so good? He is always speaking to us, always trying to get our attention and let Light guide our way!

Great post!

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Amen Karriliee! Yes God is SO good to us. I expect God to reveals things to me when I read His word but it’s those “surprise moments when He reveals Himself that make me want to shout with joy! I’m thankful for His desire to guide us through the darkness. I know I would be lost without Him! Thanks so much for the visit today. Have a wonderful weekend and may God bless you and yours in all your endeavors!

I admit I’m still a little afraid of the dark. 🙂 Even though I like to sleep in total darkness, I don’t like to be awake in it. I love, love, love that Jesus used *light* as one of the ways to describe himself to us. Thanks for sharing this, Horace! That total darkness when the electricity goes out can be a spooky thing, but you turned it into a great object lesson.

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    I hear ya Lisa! I’m glad it happened in the morning and there was no storm either! Yes I love that Jesus is the Light in a dark world. Such a blessing to be able to look on Him. Thank you for stopping by today. Have a wonderful week and blessings to you and yours!

That’s an interesting point you make at the end about how your first reaction to the darkness was discouragement! That’s so true, for us usually. But then you saw how God redeemed the time for you. He always does that. Great scriptures about LIGHT here!

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Thanks Betsy for the visit and your comment. Your input is always appreciated. It is definitely easy to get discouraged when we don’t understand why something is happening. I am getting better each day as I learn to trust God in those circumstances. I still get frazzled and frustrated at times but now those moments do not seem to last as long. I want my light to shine for Christ as an example of His love and for His glory. Thanks again for the visit. Blessings to you and yours as you share the good news of the Gospel!

Horace, living in the islands I am no stranger to black-outs, so I empathise completely! During a recent night of darkness, a flickering candle reminded me of how brightly light shines in darkness. In the same way, I am called to be a light to the world around me. Do I always shine brightly? I wish! But the honest truth is, sometimes my light is dim and fading. I pray that God will light that spark in me that others might see him clearly.
I’ll be sharing and pinning this so that I can return to it again and again.
Thanks, my friend!
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    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Hello Marva…I cannot imagine that. I hate blackouts but I learned so much in the recent one. I think it helped that it happened during the daylight hours;) Yes we want to shine bright for Christ. He chose us for a specific purpose and so He is not surprised by our attitudes/actions at times and still He showers us with His grace. I am looking forward to reading your post about your father. I wrote my first one just this week for the week of Father’s day. Thank you for stopping by today. Have a wonderful week and blessings to you and yours!

Great reflections here- I love how God can speak to us through situations like a powercut. Those verses about darkness and light are powerful. I agree that darkness can be scary and it’s encouraging to remember that God’s light is stronger. It’s amazing that he uses us to be lights to point others to him too!

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Carly… so nice to meet you! I could not find your name on your site? Yes, I get very excited when God reveals Himself to me and I cannot wit to share! I am humbled and beyond thankful to be chosen as a light for Christ. So nice to “meet” you today. Have a wonderful week and God bless!

Glad your electricity came back on. Even more glad for a Savior whose light shines brightly from your words, Horace. Recently I’ve been thinking about how the Light of the World is shining from me. This adds a bit more ponder to the situation. It’s good.
(Our electricity went out for several days a few years ago during a hurricane. It IS a different world. It was amazing how many porches and yards were filled with folks playing, conversing, and interacting. It felt like the “old days”. As soon as the power came back on, poof! They were gone.) Visiting via #raralinkup.

    Horace Williams Jr Post author

    Yes, I’m glad it came on too Kristi but it definitely served it’s purpose! What an amazing Savior we serve. May our light always shine bright for Him as a beacon of hope in this dark world. Always blessed to hear from you. Have a wonderful week and blessings to you and yours my friend!

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