It is good for me that I have been afflicted, That I may learn Your statutes.
Psalm 119:71 NKJV
He uncovers deep things out of darkness, And brings the shadow of death to light.
A memory came back to me the other day, one that needed some missing pieces filled in by my best friend. In the very beginning of the ministry I helped to start 17 years ago, we started out having services and helping the community in a rented storefront property on the main street of town.
So, the only windows were covered with a black wall where we would advertise upcoming events, or decorate in one way or another.
Well, one Sunday it was especially crowded in our little sanctuary, because another ministry was presenting something that day. About halfway through, all the power went out in the building, leaving us in total darkness! Soon, some people came back from the Dollar Store down the street, with lots of little candles for just a little piece of light. But it wasn’t enough for our worship team, consisting of a drummer, pianist (my best friend, Lori), trumpet player (me), and a few singers, to be able to see anything. But Lori said we just did what we always did. We played.
We played in the dark.
I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately. Just when I think I’m sitting in pitch blackness, it somehow gets a little darker! But God sometimes wants us to walk in the dark, and trust His voice…or just His presence. He often wants us to play on, as if the lights were restored and our vision perfect.
I can honestly say I have never seen God so clearly as I have since the “lights went out” in my life. I have learned precious, sacred secrets of my Friend, my God, my Healer, my Deliverer…all in the dark. It sounds weird and almost unreal to say I’m grateful for the dark, although I am DESPERATE for the lights to come back on! But it is true. Before my “affliction”, I didn’t NEED Him like I do now. And before it got dark, I didn’t really KNOW Him the way I do now. For that I am thankful.
So, if the lights suddenly go out….play on. Because you will discover a beautiful, compassionate, faithful, loving, and EVER-PRESENT God.