Light and hope in the dark.

My life was unraveling as if a loose thread had been pulled. Filled with distrust, not only of others but of myself. Each step felt soft, loose, and movable like sand under my feet. The solid structure of my home was like a house with termites. Outwardly all was well but the unseen was hollow and being destroyed.
But God…
Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 4:8 began to ring true for me, “We are experiencing trouble on every side, but are not crushed; we are perplexed, but not driven to despair”.  In the midst of such turmoil, I felt a measure of peace that was hard to understand. 

Miracles appear in forms that can be difficult to explain. Most often they appear as a promise, accepted by faith.
Light and hope in the dark.
On a dimly lit path I walked. Looking ahead I saw darkness and uncertainty. Focusing on each step helped me see light and hope. There were days the beam of light was small like a pen light. I could only see my feet. As I walked, the light became brighter. 

Over and over Jesus assured me through song, devotions, Bible reading, trusted friends, and sound preaching that He had a plan. I must trust Him without knowing the end result. I felt Him say, rest in Me. Put your hand in mine and walk this path. In the end, you will be stronger and look more like Me. And, I did and do. If you find yourself walking in the dark, look for that small beam of light. Jesus shines.
If we are blessed to live a long life, each of us will experience our worst day. Chances are, we will have more than one. On mine, the foundation I had laid in Jesus was and is my salvation. He preserves my sanity. My family is rebuilding. The hidden hollowness is being replaced with new material. As time goes forward the evidence of the repairs will become fainter.
We are changed.  Our home is where life is lived, forgiveness is given and love is the greatest gift of all.
Until we visit again,

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  1. Carmen, beautifully written as always. And so valuable to remind us that we can choose to be perplexed rather than driven to despair. We have so little control over what happens; only over how we choose to react to it. Thank you and I look forward to reading your next post.

    1. Thank you my dear sister. We spend our lives “thinking” we have it all together and then situations arise that remind us life can sure get out of control.

      I’m glad you stopped by for a visit and left behind a gift of encouragement. Love you!

  2. Beautiful imagery, Carmen. I also have been going through some really tough struggles lately. Jesus is so good to me in these times.What a comfort we have in Him. My heart hurts for those who do not have the cross to hang on to.

    1. Thank you Shayla. You are always so encouraging to me. It is so wonderful to know Jesus comforts the brokenhearted. I pray that all of us will have total healing. I can’t imagine making it without Him.

  3. Beautiful, Carmen! God can turn our darkness into light when we trust in Him. I’ve seen that in my life in so many ways. Thanks for sharing part of your journey. I know it will inspire others as well.

    1. Thank you Abby! I know that there is not pain without a purpose for a child of God. Of course, I have had to remind myself that at times :) May God receive all glory! Thanks for stopping by to visit.

  4. Thanks for stopping by to share. My days are much brighter and there is much hope for the future. Much learning has taken place and much more to come I’m sure. The Bible promises we learn from the struggle. And, I have found that to be so true!

  5. Hi Carmen. So good to visit your blog today. May the Lord bless you as you keep walking towards the light and towards hope, even on those “dark days.”