When we became children of God, we were not promised an easy, simple life. Scripture says, “In the world you will have tribulation.” (John 16:33) Trials are a part of living in a fallen world. We can expect them even if we don’t want them. However, Jesus tells us, “But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
Although we may experience struggles, it is how we live through them that witnesses to others the love and comfort we experience from knowing Jesus as our Savior. Do we walk through our struggles allowing the Lord to carry our burdens? He does tell us to give our burdens to Him. “Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.” (Psalm 55:22) It’s not an option but a command.
Giving our burdens to the Lord enables us to release our worries and trust in Him wholeheartedly. “Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust.” (Psalm 40:4) In a dark time of life, we can “glow” with the light of the love of the one true God. “Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’ ” (John 8:12)
Dark times are inevitable but “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:5) That light is the love of Jesus in our life. And no tribulation is more grand than the Lord’s love for us. If we understand this and believe it, we should walk through our dark times being living proof of that love. We belong to Him and our lives ought to reflect that, all the time, in every situation, especially during times of pain and suffering.
When others look at us, as we walk through a trial, we should want them to see the Light in our life. We should desire to “glow” in our dark season. We are told to let our light shine before others. (Matthew 5:16) It should not only be our struggle they see but even more so our faith in Jesus as we trust him to get us through it. Our glow should be evidence of a strong, humble reliance on the One who never leaves us. Always we need to “walk as children of light.” (Ephesians 5:8) Don’t stop and sit in the darkness…Glow in the dark.
So, do you glow in the dark (season of trial) so others may see Christ in your life? How does God move you to do so?