It’s not always simple to explain to someone else what you are truly struggling with. Many times our struggles are impacted by personal experiences and histories we have not shared with those outside of our closest confidants. Some things we never feel comfortable sharing with anyone lest the judge us. Still, when you boil them all down together many times they will add up to one simple thing...fear. What are you afraid of? Is it pain? Fear of rejection. Fear of loneliness? Fear of darkness? There are so many things... and fear is good at hiding itself.
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The truth is we live in a world overrun with darkness and evil but the Holy Spirit living within us helps us not to be afraid. The trick is to put our trust in God’s plans for us. Be aware that trusting the plan doesn’t mean avoiding all the things we fear. Sometimes we may have to confront our fears, maybe more than once or even daily for a season of time. Continuing in our faith and reliance on God is what builds our relationship with Him and teaches us how to be truly content in all things.
The narrow path is a difficult one, unpopular and sometimes lonely but the Lord walks beside us and the destination is more than worth the struggle to stay on course. Paul said that he would press on toward the goal and we should too. No matter what struggles we may encounter along the way, the Lord is calling us to follow Him and finish the race. Don’t look back and don’t worry about tomorrow, just keep walking the path.
“Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
Tonight, I sleep with the lights on, knowing that I’m not alone in the darkness but struggling with a fear intertwined throughout my past. I won’t pretend to be strong enough to douse the lamp and sleep in the darkness unafraid, nor do I believe that the glow of a lightbulb contains the power to banish all that dwells in the night, but I am at peace knowing that my God loves me and the light helps me remember that He is watching over me.
“Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
It’s faith that holds us together when the enemy is chipping away at the cracks. It’s faith that pulls us through this life one day at a time. Whatever your darkness is, I pray you will give it to God and let Him fill that space with the peace that passes understanding. Know that in the dark nights He is holding you. Know that your tears do not go unseen. Focus on the path in front of you and take it one day at a time. Sing praises to the King of heaven with a loud voice and even the demons will flee.
“You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble!”
Have no fear Little Sparrows, the Lord is with you!