I’VE PASSED MANY dark nights sitting quietly on the deck of my house with my eyes on the heavens. A variety of feelings drive me to this tranquil place: worry, restlessness, desire for peace. From that comfortable and familiar vantage point, up through the prickly Georgia pines, God’s creation slowly becomes visble. As I sit in anticipation, looking at the inky black, a true spectacle reveals itself, moment by moment. The stars appear to brighten, and before long I can trace my favorite constellation. This once-darkened sky fills to overflowing with sparkling light!
And so it is when I try to live my life fully dependent on God. I may feel as though I am stumbling along in the dark—the job isn’t fulfilling anymore, the kids act as though they are from another planet, someone I love just got a troubling report from the doctor, daily pressures squeeze the joy from life. The next step seems shrouded by fear, uncertainty, doubt, or disobedience. Yet, if I remain still, God sheds the light I need to take the next step. The light may appear dim, but if I am faithful in my waiting, God too is faithful to reveal grace and mercy to brighten the way.
– Kay Nesmith
From “Joy and Strength in the Word” by Kay Nesmith, page 33 in
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