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In a Dark Place?

Day 291
Verse of the day

Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall yet praise Him, the help of my countenance and my God.

Psalm 42:11

We’ve all had bad days – days when no matter what you do or say, it just won’t work out right. Some of us have had more bad days than good days where pain stems from deep within your soul making you uneasy and restless. This is not an unusual place to be. Many men of faith have walked this path – David, Paul etc., and as funny as this may sound, “You are in good company.”

Dark times in the life of anyone is natural – it happens. But the difference between hitting rock bottom in these times and staying afloat in a stormy situation is the presence of a solid anchor.

Who is your anchor? Who/what fills your soul? As a creative, I have come to realize that for some weird reasons, I used to be an ardent of melancholic music. I’d search them and drown in it which did feel my soul with the right dose of sadness from which I could draw from. Of course, I wrote “beautifully” from this place, but it also retained a great deal of sorrow within my soul. Upon the realization of the “damnation”, there was the need to get out of that bubble and bask in real praise which is soul lifting.

It is also possible to be filled with godly sorrow which leads to repentance unlike ungodly sorrow that leads to death. God is interested in our life. He is personal about us and He knows that His presence in our soul brings light and life in the darkest times.

It is easy to fall into the trap of being stuck in these hurting spaces in our heart once we take our eyes off God – case in point, Peter! He was doing just fine walking on the water when his eyes were fixed on Jesus but the second he became aware of himself, he was in trouble.

Let God fix the pain and that gloom in your heart. Dive into Him.

References: 2 Corinthians 7:10, Matthew 14:22-23

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Today’s Confession

Dear Father Please, help me to keep my eyes on you in times that seem hard, so I can draw peace from you.

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