The Lord is my light and my salvation -- so why should I be afraid? The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble? - Psalm 27:1
There’s a heavy box sitting in the darkest corner of my room. It’s very old, and it’s covered in dust. I’ve never unpacked it, but I’ve added to it continuously over the years. If you were to walk in my room, everything would look perfectly put together. It appears to be clean and organized. But I leave that box in the corner where the light doesn’t shine. Any time someone comes close, I’m filled with anxiety and fear.
What if they stumble upon my mess? What would they think? That box is full of the darkest parts of me. The parts that cause me to doubt, that cause me to panic, and that push me to run as far away from them as I possibly can. I want to pretend that those things over in the corner collecting dust aren’t a part of me. I so desperately want to keep it all in the dark, even though I feel their weight pulling on my heart day in and day out.
I feel the need to hold it all together, despite what’s looming in the dark. I feel the need to be strong for everyone else. It’s as if I can’t have any hurt of my own. So I keep it hidden, and I revisit that box full of hurt every night when the sun goes down and takes all the light with it.
It’s a constant fear that haunts the room, but it doesn’t have to be. Sweet girl, this picture is so far off from what it is supposed to be. You don’t have to deal with it alone.
Pull those curtains back and let all of the light shine in. Deal with what lies in the darkness, for through the exposure comes freedom.
“Although he was crucified in weakness, he now lives by the power of God. We, too, are weak, just as Christ was, but when we deal with you we will be alive with him and will have God’s power.” - 2 Corinthians 13:4
The things that lie in the darkest parts of us aren’t meant to stay there. They aren’t supposed to weigh us down and they aren’t meant to entangle us in a web that we can’t seem to escape. The initial step of moving this old box into the light is the hardest part, but it isn’t something we have to do alone. Psalm 27 says the Lord is our light, He’s our salvation. He is the one that shines the light in that dusty old corner. He’s the one that redeems each and every item you’ve been collecting. He saves you from the dark. He saves you from the hurt. There’s no reason to be afraid. You simply let the Light in, and He takes care of the rest.
Maybe you’ve grown accustomed to that corner being dark. The light might burn your eyes a little bit at first, but no need to panic. This is a good hurt. We are weak, but it’s through our weakness that we are made strong. God uses that vulnerability for so many things. By letting ourselves be honest with the gunk in our lives; by dealing with that old box, we will be ALIVE. We’ll be filled with God’s power.
And that’s a power that cannot and will not lose.
1. What things fill your dark corner? What are you hiding in the dark in fear of what may happen when they’re brought to light?
2. What steps can you take to let the Light shine towards this corner? How can you begin to get comfortable with the idea of being vulnerable and not dealing with your hurt alone?
3. Where can you see the living power of God in your life? What situation have you already seen be redeemed by His Light? Focus on this, and use it as a hope moving forward.
Lord, we praise You for being our light, our salvation, our fortress, and our sustainer. When we are weak, You make us whole. Through Your power, You bring us to life. You love every single part of us so deeply. Your light shines so bright, even on the darkest thing in this world. You don’t want us to hide in the dark. Help us to see You for all that You are and to remember we weren’t made to be perfect. Guide us to find healing through vulnerability and through dealing with our dark circumstances. You are greater than it all, Lord.
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