Darkness is a part of life that we can struggle with at times. Whether it be when we rise in the morning to the dark outside our window, when sleepy heads are waking and looking for the switch on the kettle or whether it be a deep pain we or those we care for are experiencing. Perhaps as you read this you have identified a young person facing difficulty, let me share with you a couple of verses from God’s word, Luke 23:44-46, that record what took place when Jesus was on the cross.
“It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last.” (Luke 23:44-46 – NIV)
Allow me to draw your attention to the words ‘darkness came over the whole land until’. This little word ‘until’ is significant. The darkness lasted for a time, it did not remain indefinitely. The darkness lifted and there was light again. The darkness ending was marked by the veil in the temple being torn in two (Matthew 27:51), a way for God’s children to know him more freely and more intimately.
There may be a young person you are caring for who is in the depths of difficulty and darkness, Jesus has been there, he identifies with them in their darkness…but his story doesn’t end there…he also knows light and new life with his Father.
The difficulty your young person may face is not the end of their story. We don’t know when their ‘until’ moment is going to take place but we do know that it is coming. Their darkness is not forever, there will be light again and in their experience, there is the possibility of knowing God more intimately.
Be encouraged as you walk beside them to know that the Light of the World walks beside you both. The same One who is kind, generous in love, full of forgiveness and who says “he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life” (John 8:12). The Light of the World walks beside you.
There is #HopeintheDarkness
(Nadia has been with The Big House for over 7 years in various roles. Currently she is our Prayer Co-Ordinator. Among other things she writes our monthly prayer letter. Sign up to get the prayer letter here)