Everyone occasionally encounters dark and difficult situations while walking through life. In the following paragraphs, we will look at the same situation from two different perspectives.
Walking down a dark hallway alone:
You have been living a comfortable, enjoyable life. Suddenly you are pushed out of your comfort zone. The loss of a job – a devastating health report – a rocky relationship. You are shoved into a hallway. The door behind you slams shut. You are in a dark corridor. You can’t perceive what is next. You are afraid.
You cannot see where you are going. Which way do you turn? Do you go to the right or to the left? No open door. Wait a minute. One door is ajar. Is there a glimmer of light? Is there a ray of hope? You shove the door open. A job interview – a new treatment or procedure possibility – a text from the estranged person that sounds encouraging. However, it is only a dim daydream that does not materialize. The little light is snuffed out. Into the dark hallway again.
It seems darker. You feel your way down the hallway. You try every doorknob you encounter. All are unyielding. Then your hand touches a familiar shape on the wall. It is a light switch. You flip the switch’s little lever. Light!
You are immersed in light. A stairwell is directly ahead of you. You do not tumble down the stairs. You see a way up and out of the darkness. You progress up the stairs! There is a sunbeam beckoning you to a higher level.
Relief floods your mind. This encounter has not been fun. It has been worrisome. You wonder where the corridor will lead next. You are out of the dark hallway and into the light for now. Life continues.
Walking down a dark hallway with the Lord:
You may encounter the loss of a job – a devastating health report – a rocky relationship. You may feel like you are shoved into a dark hallway. It is scary walking down a darkened corridor.
II Corinthians 5:7 NKJV reminds you that you walk by faith and not by sight. Darkness need not scare you. The Lord is with you during the dark and doubtful times. Psalm 37:23 NLT assures you, “The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.” Isaiah 30:21 says, “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.’”
You may describe your dark hallway as a dark valley. Psalm 23:4 says, “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you (the Lord) are with me.” You remember the words of Isaiah 41:13, “For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, ‘Do not fear; I will help you.’”
A switch takes place when you reach out for the spiritual light switch. Your frustration can turn into faith. Your light switch – your source of light is Jesus. John 8:12 says Jesus is the Light of the world. Jesus says in John 12:46, “I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in Me should stay in darkness.”
You remember Philippians 4:6. You say, “I will not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, I will present my requests to God.”
Now you proclaim Colossians 1:13-14, “For He rescued me from the domain of darkness, and transferred me to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom I have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
You remember Proverbs 16:9, “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.” You will be able to echo the words of Psalm 18:28, “God turns my darkness into light.”
Your testimony may include Isaiah 9:2. “The people who walk in darkness will see a great light; Those who live in a dark land, the light will shine on them.” You can share Ephesians 5:8 saying, “I was once in darkness, but now I am a light in the Lord. I will live as a child of light.”
You can declare Nehemiah 8:10, “I do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is my strength.”
You will encounter hallways while walking through life. Some of these corridors will be dark. I have heard it said that it is hell in the hallway. No! Allow hallways to lead you to heaven. Shut out your human imaginations and reach for the spiritual reality. Jesus is the light that overcomes the darkness. He is with you no matter what your circumstances.
Sarah Young is the author of the devotional book Jesus Always. Hear Jesus speak the following words. “As you journey through life in this dark world, I am with you each step of the way. I provide Light not only to your path but also to your mind and heart. I delight in giving you Joy – now and throughout eternity. Your brightest moment on earth will one day look very dark in comparison with the Glory-Light of heaven!”