Trading Darkness for Light by Radonna Dodge

Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?  If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.  If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.  If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is a light to you.”  —Psalm 139: 7-12

In these days, have you found yourself busy with things you are not normally busy with?  

Maybe some tasks seem easier and yet others seem more difficult. Some things we may be finding that we really enjoy, while others are things we’d rather not face!

These verses remind us that no matter where we find ourselves, the Spirit of God is right there with us.  Verse 11 reads with such desperation!  “Surely the darkness will hide me and light become night around me,”  Maybe you can identify.  Maybe you are facing huge questions right now and they are looming over you like a huge black cloud. Whatever “darkness” you may be facing, these verses remind us that we won’t be hidden from God.  His Spirit can turn on the light in the midst of any darkness.

Lean into Jesus.  Give yourself some grace.  Discipline yourself to practice gratitude.  And I think we will see a sliver of light begin to flood our soul with radiant brightness.  

Personal Reflection:
1. What darkness are you currently facing?  Take 5 minutes to surrender that to Jesus right now (and as many times as necessary today)!

2. Even though you may have some fear or unanswered questions, how can you practice gratitude today?  Maybe begin by making a gratitude list.  Add 2 things every day that you are grateful for.