It has been said that it is darkest before the light.
And although this might not scientifically be true
it serves as encouragement to those who are struggling
with helplessness and hopelessness.
I’ve also heard folks say that if it is dark
turn on the light;
take a step of action to move into the light.
But what do you do
when you are caught between the rock and a hard place?
When you are blocked on every side
and there seems no possible way to change things?
Where do you turn?
I remember years ago
driving home late at night.
Finished a class at the University of Virginia
and making my way north
But the weather was bad.
Heavy rain and high winds.
I held tight to the steering wheel
just trying to keep the car on the road.
My heart cried out to the Lord
asking Him to help me get home to my two year old.
But the storm continued.
Suddenly in front of me I saw lights flashing
and heard voices calling out.
I saw policemen walking
and rolled down the window.
“Bridge is out! You can’t go that way,” he ordered.
“Turn right to detour.”
I didn’t want to take the detour
but there was nothing I could do.
This was back before cell phones.
I knew that my mother who was watching my child
would be worried about me.
Rain continued to fall in torrents
as I slowly maneuvered the car to the right.
“Please, Lord, get me home,” I cried.
Alone in the dark
but not alone.
Have you ever felt that way?
I wondered if I’d ever see home again.
The winds blew with a fury as I drove.
Calling out to the One and Only One that could help.
Hour long minutes crawled by
in that darkest of nights.
Then that verse came to mind.
Maybe you are familiar with it.
“Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines. Though the labor of the olive may fail. And the fields yield no food. Though the flock may be cut off from the fold, and there be no herd in the stalls.
Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.” (Habakkuk 3:17)
That was it!!
I knew it as soon as I remembered the verse.
I needed to praise the Lord in the midst of the storm.
So I took a deep breath and began to speak out loud.
Yes, there in that car,
With the rains gushing and the winds ripping
I praised Him.
Simple words from a young, scared woman that night
like a light coming on
the Truth shone a brightness around me.
It wasn’t long before I saw the next turn that led me
all the rest of the way home that night so long ago.
God’s grace carried me all the way
His Love taught me to never doubt.
Just to trust Him in the dark.
So wherever you are at this very moment
take those words to heart
and rejoice in the God of your salvation.
When there’s nothing you can do
just praise Him.
Take that step to turn on the Light!