Everyone has a story; however there are some people who get stuck in the middle of their stories. They find themselves faced with a barrier too big for them to overcome. My brother in law was one of those people. He had an IQ of a genius, he was attractive and by the worlds standards he had everything going for him. Yet, he found himself stuck in a pit of darkness that led him to become a chronic alcoholic.
After years of watching him struggle, we eventually received that dreaded phone call. Alcoholism had taken his life at 47 years old. I can’t explain why some people get enveloped by the darkness and cannot seem to climb out. Perhaps, he was tired of trying and gave up, I don’t know. What I do know is this; we all enter dark periods in our lives. It’s important that we use these dark periods for the good it can bring about and not the bad. Some good things that darkness can bring are seeds germinate, scientists have discovered that only when it’s really dark can our bodies produce the hormone called melatonin, it’s in the darkness that our bodies rest and without darkness including spiritual darkness nothing comes to birth.
There’s a story about a donkey, perhaps you have heard it. This farmer had an old donkey that fell in a large dark hole. The farmer had no idea how to get him out, so he called on all of his neighbors to come and help him. As each one looked down the hole they said, this is hopeless, the hole is too deep and the donkey is too old. They decided it was best for the farmer to cut his loss and bury him. They each took a shovel and started to throw dirt on him and do you know what that donkey did? He shook off each pile of dirt and stomped on it, again and again and again. He never gave up and he raised himself higher and higher with each shrug until he reached the top of that hole and walked off out of his darkness.
When we find ourselves in the middle of our stories in a dark place and it seems like we are stuck and we can’t get out, keep trying and don’t give up, NEVER give up. There is always a way out. 1 Corinthians 10:13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.
The only true barrier that can stop you is YOU. Sometimes you have to journey through hell on Earth to find heaven on Earth.
If I say, “Surely darkness shall hide me,
and night shall be my light”
Darkness is not dark for you,
and night shines as the day.
Darkness and light are but one.
You formed my inmost being;
you knit me in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, because I am wonderfully made;
wonderful are your works!
My very self you know.