I walked up the street in the dark the other night.
The crickets sang, the warm air embraced me after the hot day. The full moon sat sentinel in the sky. House lights punctuated the darkness with many colors in the hushed atmosphere. The evening was actually very pleasant.
However, my walk was all about protesting that it is dark by 7:30 PM. Already? Wasn’t it just a few short weeks ago that the sun was still setting at this time? I can still see the evening glow in the trees in my mind. But no. We are into the autumn season now.
Soon pumpkins will abound on porches with grins lighted from within.
In a blink, the seasons pass. Life goes by without our noticing. It’s just another season. And another.
Today, the skies are gray. It looks like a foggy winter day. But the truth is that these gray skies carry another kind of darkness. I am grateful the heavens here are gray and not a dark orange.
The gloom reminds me to pray for people all up and down the west coast who have lost homes, possessions, and worse, even family members in the devastating fires of 2020. Some might even be our relatives and loved ones.
Let this present darkness remind you to pray, too.
Behind The Shadows
Behind all the shadows, God still stands guard over us. Over our hearts and our lives. He still shines brightly. At any season. There is no darkness or obscurity in Him at all.
There is no need to stumble in our faith. Keep looking for Him. This earth is not our home. No matter how terrifying life gets on earth, He is still our Safe Place.
He is our hope. He is our Light at any time.
“Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life’” (John 8:12 NKJV).