Tuesday, April 2, 2013

unimaginable difficulty

In my daily devotional this morning, Ann Spangler was talking about finding God in the midst of darkness. In her prayer at the end she said, "Father, I thank you that even the darkness is not dark to you. In the midst of unimaginable difficulty, you are always up to something good in the lives of those who love you."

That phrase "unimaginable difficulty" resonated with me. Lately I have been dealing with a deeply personal hurt. Compared with the woman in the story, the last survivor to be pulled from the World Trade Center, my story seems small. But I believe the Lord doesn't mind. I think no matter the situation, it can be difficult to someone. For the woman in the story, her unimaginably difficult situation was being buried alive. For a friend of mine, it's finding out at her 20 week check up that her baby girl won't live more than a few hours after birth.

Whatever it is for you, we must remember that God is here, He is with us, and He will never let us go. The darkness is not dark to Him. The unimaginably difficult is not unimaginable nor difficult to Him. Whether we see it or understand it, He is working all things for our good.

If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me," even the darkness will not be dark to You; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.
~ Psalm 139:11-12