Have you ever been in a blackout? I was born and raised in the Carribean (St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands) where crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches, exotic fruits and vegetables, and hot summer days that are cooled down by the evening’s gentle trade winds come together to paint what appears to be a picture-perfect paradise. And indeed it is, except for that time of the year when tropical depressions forming off the coast of Africa begin their trajectory northeast towards the Lesser and Greater Antilles (pronounced, an-till-eez). Known as the Hurricane Season this is the time when rain, heavy winds, and thunderstorms cause frequent power outages throughout the islands. Generators are primarily used to keep refrigerators up and running, whereas candles and lanterns provide the necessary light to move about in the homes. However, even after the storms have moved on blackout periods can last for hours, if not days. So venturing outside in the nighttime is like stepping into a creepy zone of nothingness. Unless of course the moon just happens to be in its full glory poised straight up in the sky, then its luminescence adds a hint of plum to the heavens revealing peaceful and, to some degree, romantic silhouettes everywhere.
Until we are united with Christ in eternity we will continue to experience stormy weather during our walk with Him here on earth. There will be times when the storms of life bring only clouds and drizzle, and at other times they will arrive with rain, winds, and thunderstorms that will cause emotional and even spiritual “blackouts.” It is during these times that we need to be conscious of the Lord’s presence more than ever. We need to look up and see that his light continues to shine brightly. The light of His word and the promise that He will never leave us or forsake us can provide the peaceful silhouettes that will strengthen our faith in times of personal darkness. When you experience a blackout in your life turn to the Holy Scriptures and meditate on them, confess them, trust them and proclaim them audibly. They have the power to light up the darkest of days.
Prayer: Everpresent God, deliver me from the darkness that the storms of life may bring upon me. Help me to commit to read, study, proclaim and meditate upon your word so that it may provide the comforting light I will need during spiritual and emotional blackouts. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.
“If I say, “Surely the darkness will overwhelm me, And the light around me will be night,” Even the darkness is not dark to You [Lord], And the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are alike to You.” -Psalm 139:11-12
“Rejoice not over me, O my enemy; when I fall, I shall rise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord will be a light to me.” -Micah 7:8
“… And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:20b
-All Scripture is quoted from the NIV unless otherwise stated.