As I sat reading, the lights flickered a time or two then went out completely. The skies were clear that night. There wasn’t a storm or strong wind, yet for some strange reason I was suddenly sitting in complete darkness. As I was feeling around for my cell phone, I heard a car door. I quickly jumped from my chair and dashed for the window as images of movies flashed through my head. The lights always go out on clear nights because someone has cut the line before intruding on the home!
I reach the window in time to see the interior light still shining inside the car which sat in the driveway. There was just enough light in that short moment for me to recognize the car. As the door knob was turning, I breathed a sigh of relief at the realization that my husband was home early from work. Although he had formed a plan to surprise me, he had no intention of scaring me. Yet my own fear of the dark caused my imagination to run wild.
Yes, I admit it. I’m afraid of the dark. I don’t like to drive at night because I can’t see what lies ahead. I am only able to see that which is allowed by the glow of my headlights. I want to see more. Although it’s not how I prefer to drive, I have learned to trust that my headlights will provide just the amount of light that I need.
Unexpected events in our lives often leave us fumbling in the dark trying to find our way. Fear causes our imaginations to run wild as we are unsure of what lies ahead. We thought we knew the direction our life was going, but suddenly everything has changed. We may not understand it, but God has a plan. The path may not be lit brightly, but we can trust that He will provide just the amount of light that we need. Just as I’ve learned to trust the headlights on my car, I’ve learned to trust God during the dark times of life.
Hebrews 11 provides many examples of people who have trusted God in the dark times of their lives. Noah knew nothing of floods when God warned him that a flood would cover the earth, but he built the ark as instructed and had faith that God would protect his family even though he had never seen rain (v.7). The Israelites were running for their lives from the Egyptians when they reached the Red Sea, and there appeared to be no escape. When God opened a passage of escape, they stepped out in faith onto dry land with walls of water on either side, and those trying to capture them drowned (v.29).
Hebrews goes on to tell of the faith of many others including Abraham who led the people to the promised land(v.8), Enoch who was taken straight to glory without experiencing death (v.5), Sarah who conceived a child in old age (v.11), and Moses parents who hid their baby to avoid the king’s decree that
required baby Moses’ death (v.23). The Book of Hebrews goes on and on with other stories of faith in dark times, times that surely caused great fear, times that triggered many questions and uncertainties. Yet each of those listed, trusted that in those dark times, God had a plan and would provide just what they needed.
For faith to be present, action is required. Each person listed in Hebrews stepped out in faith and obeyed God’s instruction. We abandon all trust in what we can accomplish on our own and follow His lead instead. Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Darkness unexpectedly arises in our lives and we can’t see what lies ahead. Faith means that we can trust that God is in control even in the darkness. He is the light in our darkness. 2 Corinthians 4:18 says, “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” Faith is focusing on an eternal God rather than the temporary darkness. In John 8:12, Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” We can trust that He will provide just the amount of light that we need, but without faith we can only see the darkness.
Whatever darkness is challenging your faith today, step out in faith, and He will guide you through the dark.