Occasionally someone will tell me that they are in a “Dark Place.”  Basically they are admitting their life is in a difficult season and they are discouraged.  No one enjoys being in a dark place.  While the circumstances may be different, the feelings are just the same.  The person almost always feels rejected, alone, afraid, and worried that things will never change.


Times like these can happen to anyone, anywhere and at any time.  Even the most faithful Christian can be sailing along with everything going good in life and then – the unexpected happens!  Without any type warning, their life is turned upside down.  As the hours turn into days and days into weeks or months, the brightness they once enjoyed in their life begins to fade into a mere glimmer.  Physically, emotionally and spiritually spent, darkness begins to settle around the individual and sometimes an entire family.


If you are in serious trouble or deeply troubled, here is a gentle reminder – Jesus is “The Light of the world!”  He came into this world to dispel the darkness of evil and shame.  Jesus came to bring us hope and to give us a new start and to strengthen us when we are  tired and weary.  Dark times and places cause us to look down.  I challenge you to “Look Up!”  Jesus is closer than you realize.  If fact, He’s as close as you’ll let Him be.  Get up, wipe the tears from your eyes and cry out to God.  He has promised to hear you and to never leave you.  This means, wherever you are, He is right there with you.  Read the following words written by the Psalmist and be encouraged by them:


“I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry.  He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.  He put a new song in my mouth, …”  (Psalm 40:1&2).


Pastor Carnes