There are those days when you see Him everywhere. The skies are blue and the birds are singing. There is a song in your heart, a spring in your step and a smile on your lips. Praise God for those days for they are, indeed, good.
But, let’s be honest. There are days when you struggle to see Him. The pain is blinding and oppressive and the darkness heavy. Your faith tells you that He is there, but your bruised heart begs for proof.
Peter knew the feeling. He understood shame and dreams dashed. He knew what he was talking about when he said…
Though not seeing Him now… – 1 Peter 1:8
I know you can’t see Him. Isn’t it comforting to read those words? Right now you can’t see Him. I get that. That’s what Peter is saying.
Here is the hard part. Don’t gloss over it and miss it. Faith and obedience do not negate the hurt.
And though not seeing Him now, you believe in Him and rejoice with inexpressible and glorious joy,
That’s the difference. You hurt, but you still believe that He loves you. You are confused, but you still believe that He is good. You feel alone, but you believe He is there.
You can’t see Him at that moment – but you believe.
And that is the secret to surviving the dark.
Stacy Edwards is a trucker’s daughter and a pastor’s wife. She is a freelance writer and a mom to four fabulous little girls. Stacy blogs at Servant’s Life where she uses her words to point others to the hope and encouragement found in Christ.