to those sitting in darkness.

 You are not alone. As much as you feel like you are, you’re not.

It’s easy to believe this though because the Enemy is right behind us, on our shoulder, whispering in our ears that this is so. And as crazy as it sounds, it feels good sometimes.

It feels good to sit in the darkness, especially when you feel justified to. Like, if you’ve been wrongfully treated or hurt or even feel angry at a situation that is not justifiable, all you want to do is wade in the darkness. You want to turn on that sad or angry song, read gloomy words that will make you sit in the pit you’ve found yourself in.

You refuse to ask yourself the question, “How did I get here?” because you don’t want to start the process of healing because healing is hard. It brings to light, not only the faults of the other person, but your faults as well, and you’re just not ready to accept that.

So instead, you sit and you slump and you wait for the hurt to just overtake you. Because it’s easier to do that. It’s easier to point your finger at the other person, to comfort yourself and say it’s okay to be sad and upset about it all.

But, dear one, you cannot stay there.

As tempting as it is to sit and wallow in pity or hurt or whatever darkness you’re in, you are stronger than that. The Lord did not create you for the darkness; He longs to bring you into His Light.

As tempting as it is to continue the cycle of negative feelings and thoughts about your situation, don’t do it. Don’t stay there. Comfort cannot be found by dwelling on our present circumstances, good or bad. They change too often for us to rely on them. Consistency and comfort are found only in our Lord Jesus Christ. It’s too easy for me and for you to forget this.

As painful as it will be to stand up in your pit, to step into the light, I promise you, it is worth it. It doesn’t mean the climb will not be strenuous. It doesn’t mean the light will not make you squint a little, and cringe at the flaws set before you. But learning about yourself, and about who the Lord is through it will help you get through the next time you find yourself in a pit; the next time you find yourself sitting in dark.

Step into the light. I know, I know – it feels good to stay in the dark. But I promise you, eventually, the light will feel a whole lot better.

~ January 31, 2017 with thoughts from tweets written on December 20, 2016.


💙 Mishy 🦋

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