It is easy to forget how dark darkness can be.
Most people today live in places where real darkness is rare.
Our dark times are diluted with night lights,
lights over the door,
and other things that glow in the dark.
We turn our eyes toward lighted screens, hiding our faces from the power of darkness.
The place that I live is extremely remote and rural.
My home town only has 320 residents living there.
The cows out number the humans by a ratio of 8-1
(Not really, but if you were to drive through my hometown, you would probably agree. 😉 )
Where I live, the darkness is really dark.
Driving home at night after dark the only light anywhere is the headlights of your car.
They are literally the only thing you have to cut through the darkness.
There are no street lights,
no businesses with lighted parking lots…
there is NOTHING to illuminate the darkness at night in my hometown.
Every so often, in the distance, you can glimpse the lights from a barn or the window of a farmhouse and they seem to shine like stars.
One of the many things that I love about my hometown, along with the beauty and the silence is the rich darkness.
When I step out onto the porch of my home at night, it is dark.
You can hear faint sounds of the cows and other animals in the distance,
you can feel the wind,
and… my favorite part about home is the fact that you
can see all the stars.
The sky is filled with stars.
Connecting with your higher power is to me, like the light from a distant farm;
like a star shining in the dark night.
It is easy for us to forget that our spiritual life is usually born in the darkness.
It comes to us during those difficult times when we find ourselves surrounded by the darkness of confusion, or pain, or loss.
We do not know where we are.
We cannot ever seem to find our way.
We are afraid we may be lost and never find home again.
It is during those times when it seems there is no hope, no future, and no repentance
That the light begins to shine in the darkness.
We are finally able to realize that we have been wasting time looking for ways to dilute our darkness.
How often do we forget that the fruits of our spiritual life shine brightest where our darkness is the deepest?
Where are the dark places that your spiritual life has been shining
brightest for you lately?
How does spiritual life help you find your way?
Let me put it a different way:
When I was in the process of giving birth to each of my four children, I was terrified, in pain, and uncertain of how the next few hours were going to play out.
I was in the DARKNESS, so to speak.
But at the end of that road was a beautiful little baby that was my very own creation.
I had birthed that little person literally by the sweat of my brow.
Birthing is a celebration. It’s beautiful and sacred.
Giving birth to four children has been the most powerful and spiritual experience of my life.
It has deeply impacted my view of life and my work.
Why then is birthing considered to be hard and painful?
Because when you have fear, you contract.
Your baby gets stuck in the womb.
It then takes hours or days of labor and pushing.
The same is true for birthing a book, reinventing yourself, or trying to attain a goal.
Connecting to a higher power gives you faith, hope, and understanding.
It is literally a LIGHT in the DARKNESS.
It enables you to relax and lessen the
pain of the contractions.
Without faith, life for me would be utterly hopeless and impossible.
It would be devoid of any joy or purpose and meaning.
Learning to trust the natural process of life has made
my life into a beautiful work of art.
Let me equate life to the process of painting a picture.
I often find myself stuck. The painting is off somehow, and I
cannot quite decide what or where the problem is.
I literally have to stop painting completely, and step away
from it, and sit in a chair
so that I can study the painting itself to discover where the problem is.
Then and only then, am I finally able to see where the problem
area is and fix the painting.
Once I have taken the time to observe and contemplate I can
then continue creating the painting that I had originally
Life is exactly like that!
We all want to live lives filled with joy and satisfaction, to be fulfilled and go from triumph to triumph.
We recognize that challenges teach us important lessons.
We recognize we will be able to look back on these struggles with gratitude.
But the thing that I believe that we all really desire is to have already learned the lessons and be beyond the challenges.
We want the assurance that life will all work the way we hope it will.
We read books and see movies that tell us, over and over again, that “our lives will work out”.
We wait as patiently as we can, hoping it will not be too painful,
nor take too long, to give birth to the life that we dream of.
What can we do besides work hard, follow the rules,
and wait for things to work out for good?
I believe in finding the passion in my heart’s deepest desire and working to put them into practice.
At the same time, I know that not all the people who really want something will make it happen.
Even with myself, there are things that I desire, but do not yet have the courage or confidence to try.
I still lack the faith necessary to go with the flow in certain areas of my life.
But I am a work in progress,
and so are you.
The master is still adding more color to you, his creation.
He is still defining areas of my life, by adding shadows and highlights in order to create more depth in my soul…
My Life’s painting is not complete.
We all know people who have worked hard for a long time, but never gotten where they so desperately wanted to go.
For a long time, my reality was that life was not working the way it was supposed to work.
Deciding what to do when life does not work takes a lot of time and effort.
It is hard work.
Encouragement and support make a real difference.
Finding someone who will listen, ask insightful questions, and help you laugh is a big step.
(Thank you Brenda)
And I honestly believe that having a connection to a Higher Power will enable you to flow easily with the natural process of life.
Please share some of the ways that you employ to connect to a higher power in your life.
Let’s assist each other in this journey, shall we?