Monday April 9, 2012
“What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs” (Matthew 10:27).
At the time, I couldn’t think; I could scarcely breathe, at least without sobbing.
It was dark and frightening…but I know One who holds the light, who brings the light, who is the light.
Holding onto my husband and others who loved me helped, but their light was nothing compared to His.
Now the darkness has receded a bit … or maybe that’s just His light shining through, coloring everything.
I’m posting on lessons learned in that darkness over at the MOB (Moms of Boys Society) today, with an eye toward boy moms in particular. You’re welcome to click on over there, too.
Here’s some of the fruit from that time:
1. Cherish every day with your family—good, tough, frustrating. They’re all good.
2. Nurture family love so it’s there automatically when you need it desperately.
3. Realize that life can change quickly. It will take you by surprise, but live close enough to your Heavenly Father that you can lean on Him.
4. Thank God for every little thing. (Yes, Ann Voskamp!) Those little things come to mean so much, and thanking Him reminds you that He’s the Source of it all.
I’m reading The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis and one character in particular reminds me to thank Him for everything. This character is a grumbling woman who, according to author Louis Markos, “with each grumble, with each outbreak of renewed unthankfulness to the God who created her and died to save her…sacrifices another piece of her humanity.”
With every grumble, with each outburst of ungrateful complaint, she becomes less of what He created her to be. That’s not what I want to be.
The other side of the coin is perpetual thankfulness; that’s where I want to live. And when darkness is closing in, thankfulness focuses us on the light. I want to keep living in that light. That’s my challenge.
What about you? What have you heard in the dark?
Joining Laura, Jen, and Michelle with words from the heart.