Consider that when our lives are at their darkest is when there is the most possibility for God to shine. Angi shares.
“When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have set in place, what is mankind that You are mindful of them, human beings that You care for them? You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor” (Psalm 8:3-5).
This past summer we took a family vacation to Sedona, Arizona. It had been nine years since we enjoyed such a luxury because I’m home-bound 95% of the time. Exposure to the sun inflames my organs because I have lupus.
So you can imagine our excitement that we actually departed! It was one of those “pinch yourself” moments.
There were two destinations that I did not want to miss: the Lowell observatory in Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon. It was nothing short of a miracle that I was able to join my family to experience the majesty of both.
Our evening at the observatory was crisp and clear. When it gets dark in Arizona . . . it really gets dark! The star studded night sky was incredible. It took our breath away and then it struck me:
Stars shine brightest in the darkest of night.
We saw five “shooting stars” in less than an hour and tiny satellites streaking across the sky as they orbited the earth. We viewed galaxies, clusters of planets, and even the rings of Saturn through powerful telescopes!
It was funny to see tourists, including us, walking around with our necks craned upward all evening.
The experience made me feel like the tiniest grain of sand on the seashore. It was hard to fathom, that in the vast expanse of the universe, He is interested in you and me!
He knows your name. And He loves us more than the stars that He calls by name.
Suffering friends, we shine brighter for Jesus in our darkest times because our pain causes others to take a closer look at us. He has chosen us to be those cities on a hill shining in the darkness for all to see. So they can see Jesus–the Light!
Prayer: Precious Lord, during the most painful and dark times, You are there. You are El Roi, “The God who sees. ” Lift up our weary heads and restore our joy, knowing that You chose this affliction to bring You glory. Give us strength to shine for You even in the dark. Amen.
About the Author:
Angie Dugi lives in Texas with her husband and their three teenagers. For almost two decades she has struggled with Lupus, Sjogrens, fibromyalgia, and RA. She loves to write and delights in telling others about Jesus. She is the author of “What I Learned Lying Down-Hope for the Chronically ill” and “GodSmiles.” You can find her blog at www.mygodsmiles.net
How can we, who suffer with chronic illness, be a light to others that walk in darkness? What are some ways that we can minister to others because of what we have endured?
If you have a few minutes watch this video of Louie Giglio explaining the universe and how amazing God’s creation is. It is a good reminder that if God took the time and the attention to such detail . . . how can we ever doubt He sees all and knows all–and cares–about the details in our own life. Be encouraged! -Lisa