Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Memories that Heal

The dark place. We've all visited it at some point. We feel discouraged, overwhelmed and weary. We try to pray but the words just don’t come out so we give up and linger there for a while, in the darkness. To be honest, it sometimes feels more comfortable to stay there than to fight to get out. I know, I have been here…many times.

We want an answer now. A ‘burning bush’ experience to confirm His promise to always be there. But it just doesn't happen.

The seeming lack of response to our prayers for rescue leaves us hopeless. God may seem distant, and we wonder if He sees us.  In our darkest days, we may be mad at God, feeling like screaming, crying out loud, or saying nothing at all!

In the Psalms, we discover that David was not a stranger to the dark place. We often find a man desperate for God to hear him, to save him, to speak to him. His sin weighing heavy on his heart, and troubles all around overwhelming him. 

In the midst of his troubles and despite all the sorrow in his heart, over and over again, we find David broken and surrendered, faithfully reaching out to the Lord.

Look on me and answer, LORD my God.
Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death,
Psalm 13:3

Somewhere in the midst of his desperate pleas for help, David finds strength to bring praise and glory to God. He remembers that the Lord is sovereign and good, and just as he doesn't hold back from expressing his true feelings, David doesn't hold back the praise.

But I trust in your unfailing love;
my heart rejoices in your salvation.
I will sing the LORD’s praise,
for he has been good to me.
Psalm 13:5-6

We can learn from David that in our dark moments we need to allow ourselves to be broken at the feet of Jesus with not much more than our raw emotions and our surrendered hearts.

It may not happen in an instant, and our circumstances may not change; but, somehow as we invite God into the mess of our lives, as we share our emotions with Him and remember His goodness, we start to heal and our perspective on our troubles is not the same.

Here's the challenge. Perhaps next time we are in the dark place, instead of asking for that ‘burning bush’ we ask God to open our eyes to see the many ways He has already revealed himself to us, especially through Jesus, the one perfect reflection of His love for us!

Let’s not hesitate to cry out to God and ask Him to help us remember His love and faithfulness.
Let us fill our minds with memories of His goodness and our lips with praise!

Will you join me in the challenge?


  1. Great and challenging perspective on life. Love it. Thanks for sharing. Janey.N

    1. Janey...thank you for your note! Yes, it is challenging. I try to remind myself every time to look for all the ways He is speaking, and all the ways He was blessed my life so many times!
      Love you friend!

  2. Yes! I will join you in the challenge. Thank you for the great reminder to see what God has already done. Awesome.