There is a saying that popped up on a feed today on social media about an event in ones life that is so hard and rough and dark that all they could mutter was that they needed more prayers because "we're not out of the woods yet."
How dark and scary this place can be, when all seems to fall apart. Where it seems the path that started turns into potholes and weeds so thick you can not longer find your footing.
How the tree roots seem to be almost rotting and you don't know how you can stay grounded and all you can do is literally push through the day at full force to exhaust yourself or give into the darkness and fall down a rabbit hole and succumb to all that's eating you alive.
But in order for us to know there is such a think as darkness we need to remember there is also such a thing as light. Light can be beautiful. There is always always light if there is darkness. You cannot have understanding of one if you don't have anything to compare it too.
I write this while I'm in a time where I am embracing Light, and when I say that I mean Christ. When I am on such a high of His light and His love that its hard to try and write about darkness and what it feels like when all I can feel is Light. Where my footing feels lighter and more deliberate if that makes sense. Like walking on a cloud. But I have been in that forest of darkness and as time passes we go through cycles of it again and again.
There is light in that darkness. High above those twisted canopies, hiding in nooks and crannies where the light has penetrated through the trunks that grow tall. Where that woods can feel like a prison, but I think of how those prison windows even show a shadow of the bars along the floor from light.
There is light. In times where we want to so desperately feel its warmth sometimes we have to start digging or running or chasing. To not give up and fight for it because it can be robbed from us so quick.
His light is ever present in times of trouble. He never leaves or forsakes us. The light of Christ radiates from within us... and its the most easily accessible but most often forgotten.
Be still and know that He is there.
Be still and know that the woods have an exit
Be still and know that He is God and He loves you.
Shine your light and let the whole world see....