I know many who are struggling. They live in the “land of before” rather than the possibilities of what the “ land of after” might hold. Whispers of hope are silenced by fear. Scars seem ugly instead of serving as reminders of battles conquered, wounds healed, and brokenness made beautiful.
Light and life can be easily dimmed with shadows. Shadows that seem like cold, tear saturated, dark spaces. I’ve been there. I bet you have also. I’m grateful that throughout my difficulties in life, I’ve had the honor of hiding in the secret place of the Almighty. Even after temper tantrums and impatient moments of anger and frustration, He loves me still. He provides safety and rays of light within the shadows.
Today, I’m thankful for a God who sometimes allows me to wait in the shadows, but never permits me to stay alone. I find Him there. He is my comfort, my shield, my exceedingly great reward.
I’m praying for those who are waiting inside the darkest part of the shadows with no realization of a secret place. I pray they find their “after” and let go of the “before.” Most of all, I pray they recognize that in the “After,” Christ commands looming shadows to warm the soul.