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Treasures of Darkness

‘I will give you treasures of darkness,

Riches stored in secret places,

So that you may know that I am the Lord,

The God of Israel, who

Summons you by name.’

Isaiah 45:3

The rainbows in the windows have faded and have been taken down, and although we have had plenty of sunshine and light, we have been through a dark and difficult time. Darkness can be a time of chaos, inertia, slowness and dimmed vision.

Fear is more real in the night than in the day. But darkness is also a place where God dwells; He rules light and darkness, day and night, and both of these help us to grow spiritually. God wants us to discover something of value in the dark places and this may be something which can only be found during these times.

For some treasures are only found in the dark secret places. Hidden treasure that we didn’t appreciate or had forgotten about, and God wants us to open our hearts and minds to things unseen, so that He can bless our lives with them.

God has given us a gift; and that is the gift of time. What have you discovered in this time of lockdown? God might be showing you something right now; it may be you’ve been reflecting about your life, your job, training and education, your house, your church, spending more time with the family. You may have felt a sense of loss, but we can gain from loss and find changed and better lives.

However we do need to find meaning in loss as it helps with our recovery and we need to weave these experiences into our lives. It takes time to understand and make sense of loss, then to go on and find the treasure in it. This will eventually help us to adjust to life again. If we need to talk, we should; but if we don’t feel the need we shouldn’t push ourselves either, we are all different and the greatest counsellor is the Holy Spirit.

And remember ‘silver linings ‘can open doors to new sources of fulfilment and opportunities in life.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Isaiah 33:6

‘Here is the world

Beautiful and terrible things will happen.

Don’t be afraid’.

Frederick Buechner.