Light After Dark

“There is no denying that there is evil in this world but the light will always conquer the darkness.”
― Idowu Koyenikan, Wealth for All: Living a Life of Success at the Edge of Your Ability

“Life throws challenges and every challenge comes with rainbows and lights to conquer it.”
― Amit Ray, World Peace: The Voice of a Mountain Bird

“The most precious light is the one that visits you in your darkest hour!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

Have you ever been rejected or betrayed by your closest friend, relative or a neighbour? When those you have trusted and loved, do such a thing, a darkness seems to come upon you. It will be a very dark experience in your life, being deserted by friends and acquaintances.

Are you experiencing a sense of loss, feel like nothing to live for, and lost everything in life. The devil robs you of your health, and your peace leaving you with a feeling of insecurity and fear.

Are you experiencing a path of darkness in your life? It is impossible for you to use your cleverness and ability to come out of darkness. No human being can help you in your path of darkness. Your only stay is God. He is your God, Who commanded the light to shine out of darkness. Don’t give up your journey towards light, God is there in your situation.

I’ve learned…. everything in life is temporary. Every time it rains, it stops raining. Every time you get hurt, you heal. After darkness there is always light – you are reminded of this every morning, but still you often forget, and instead choose to believe that the night will last forever. It won’t. Nothing lasts forever. So if things are good right now, enjoy it. It won’t last forever. If things are bad, don’t worry because it won’t last forever either.

We need both the light and the dark in our lives, but there are ways we can make our paths brighter, ways we can make the road we’re traveling down just a little bit more clear.

How do you persevere when your future looks bleak? How do you move forward when you feel like you can’t? Here are some thoughts I want to share with you:

  1. Keep going even when you’re uncertain about the future. One of the scariest feelings you confront is having an indeterminate sense about your future. How do you ride your bike along an unknown path? How do you forge ahead when you can’t see where you’re going? Even when you’re uncertain of the path and can’t see in the dark, keep moving forward knowing that you will have more clarity with each step. You don’t have to know exactly what the future brings, but know that you have more control in what can happen than what occurred in the past. Trust your intuition and double down on hope knowing that you’ll see glimmers of light and direction soon.
  2. One step at a time. Every day of a personal crisis, breakup or serious life change will be a tough one. If you think about the enormity of the situation, you’ll feel paralyzed and want to stay in bed. What is one small step you can take today? How can you move your life in a positive direction in the smallest of ways? Will you sign up for a new course? Attend a new networking event? Be open to meeting new people Ride your bicycle for a few minutes? Get some fresh air? Don’t think about the global picture; take everything moment by moment.
  3. Respect the power of your words. We all succumb to negativity, particularly when we’re feeling lost or discouraged. We allow our circumstances to dictate our outlook. We accept things are bad and derive ‘comfort’ from berating ourselves. It takes strength and courage to view our experience in a different light. Words can be self-fulfilling. If our words target our weakness and ineptitude we lose the desire to fight on. If we adopt a positive outlook we remain emotionally strong. The sun will break through and light up our way. Churchill knew personal sorrow and tragedy. His brother-in-law, Bill Hozier, a charming but well-known gambler shot and killed himself. Around the same time, his youngest daughter Marigold became gravely ill with septicaemia and died. Churchill could have retreated from public life, bemoaning the unfairness of it all. Instead, he threw himself into the fight against Nazi Germany, a terror that threatened his family, his beloved Britain, and the democratic nations of Europe and the world. In the early days of the Second World War when all was dark, Churchill had few weapons to call on. He chose to attack with words. His messages to parliament and the populace were defiant and heroic, simple and eloquent, inspiring courage and commitment and determination.
  4. Appreciate the dark. During your most difficult hour, it’s hard to sit back and exercise any amount of gratefulness. Your heart’s throbbing, your head’s crammed with worries and you don’t know yourself anymore. Why would you ever be grateful for this? You can learn to appreciate the situation because you are discovering the tools you’ll need to navigate in the dark. If you can keep walking toward the light, you’ll develop qualities that will help you resist life’s challenges. When you walk in the dark, you develop the qualities of persistence, patience, discovery and navigation. Sure, you won’t know where you are, but you’ll start getting a better sense of the darkness and will eventually navigate your way around. Your greatest gift in the dark is your newfound abilities to embrace change, persist and keep going. These skills you’ll have with you for the rest of your life.
  5. Once you say your courageous yes, then be still and know… that God is God. Be still and wait on him. Like Jesus in the tomb. Like the caterpillar in the chrysalis. The first thing a caterpillar does when entering a chrysalis is attach itself to something strong, something firm, something that serves as a solid foundation to hold him securely, safely, as the transforming work takes place. Through storm and gale the cocoon is held fast, the caterpillar is still, and waits. And in the darkness new life is formed. It can be the same for you and I. Philippians 2:13 says, “For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.”

Darkness is certain in this life…painfully inevitable. For the people of God light is just as sure. The night will always bow to the day. Death will ultimately be swallowed by resurrection. Every experience of light conquering darkness in the present is a foretaste of the time when darkness will be no more. That day is coming…may it come soon. If you are walking in the darkness, hold tight, light is coming.

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