My granddaughters and I stood in awe as we left the steak-house one evening last week. Against a backdrop of ominous black clouds, an enormous full moon hung in our Oklahoma sky. I longed for a camera with a shutter speed fast enough to capture its beauty and splendor. Instead, I took a deep breath and watched as the ebony clouds slowly but surely passed across its face and painted it shades of grey. Soon it was gone–hidden behind a blanket of charcoal. I was sad to see it disappear but could not forget the light it left inside my heart. I felt a bit tinier, but a lot more secure. So great is the expanse of our world, yet so much greater is the Creator who holds it all together, who turns us on our axis. There’s peace in knowing that, don’t you think? After all, Solomon assured us:
“The Lord has said that He would dwell in the thick darkness.” II Chr. 6:1
Darkness has a way of conjuring up evil imagery–and understandably so, since so many crimes are committed in the dark. But God made his promise to be in the midst of darkness. He never leaves His own. When darkness covers our reason, understanding and view, God stands everpresent with sheltering arms and strong hands of protection. When shadows dance across our path and obscure our vision of where to go and how to move, we can still depend on the still voice behind our right ear directing our steps.
“Listen in silence before Me…” God instructs. (Isaiah 41) “Fear not…for I am with you; For I the Lord your God hold your right hand: I am the Lord, Who says to you, Fear not; I will help you. Fear not; I will help you. I will open rivers on the bare heights. I will make the wilderness a pool of water.”
Isn’t it amazing? Each new day brings light to our darkest abyss. Even in our darkest night the moon still glows. Oh, maybe not on our specific spot, but somewhere in the world its light reflects God’s glory and heavenly handiwork–His omnipresent character. In our darkest hour God dwells in the thickness of its cover and the shadows of our uncertainty and fear.
PRAYER: Lord, thank you for Your ever-present help in days and hours of confusion. Thank you for Your steadfast power and majesty. Thank you for Your Word to guide us, and Your Spirit Who comforts and reminds us You are ever-faithful to us. Amen.