When I meet or get further acquainted with folks that are going through really tough times, I refer to a statement that has helped me, as well as Joyce, through our own very tough times. The saying, coupled with loads of scriptural verses, is a bright light in seasons of darkness.
"And many a raptured minstrel among the sons of light when asked, “whence cometh thy song?” will answer, “I learned it in the night." John Greenleaf Whittier
Through experiencing the truth of Whittier’s line, we who have suffered often brutal emotional, spiritual and mental pain, can say as they did in past days, a hearty amen.
Over the years I have written and preached volumes based on the dark times in people’s journeys, including my own, documenting the level of darkness as well as the intensity of the particular storm. In hindsight things usually appear much clearer than in the midst of the experience. Therefor it’s good to learn to practice what’s called Journaling as you progress through the tough time. Each day, if you can even get out of bed, write down the events of the day as you see them, as you feel them and don’t spare the words. It’s okay to be loquacious.
The Book of Job is a good template to use in Journaling as it unfolds the reasons for God’s permission for you to suffer, while all the time letting you see behind the curtain, the providential hand of His purpose.
The old philosophers posited the importance of knowing thyself as the elixir of a satisfied life, and The Bard of Stratford on Avon furthered the idea with his line from Polonius to his son:
This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
The record shows that most of us learn more at midnight than in the sunshine of life. In darkness there is little or no light, so we do not worry about what others think and can in solitude be brutally honest with ourselves and with the Lord. We see deep inside with a laser like search and recognize adjustments that will have positive and lasting effect on the remaining days of our journey.
“But no one says, 'Where is God my Maker, Who gives songs in the night,” Job 35:10.
Copyright © 2015 Larry Lilly
For great IT work click Oral Deckard