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In The Dark

By Leo Calvin Price on September 13, 2013 1 Comment

(Exo 20:21 KJV) Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was.

(Deu 5:22 KJV) These words the LORD spake...out of...the thick darkness

Then King David adds:

(Psa 18:11 KJV) He made darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him were dark waters and thick clouds...

I love the story of the small boy trying to sleep one summer evening during a violent thunderstorm. A mother was tucking her small boy into bed. She was about to turn off the light when he asked with a tremor in his voice,

"Mommy, will you sleep with me tonight?"His mother smiled and gave him a reassuring hug.

"I can't dear," she said. 'I have to sleep in daddy's room." A long silence was broken at last by his little voice. "The big sissy,"

I remember as a kid being afraid of the storm. I’m not so sure now that I’m not still afraid of the storm. The storms now are just of a different type.

I think Moses, David and I have a nexus. The dark. For Moses the darkness is from the Nile to the back side of the desert. For David it’s from the shepherd’s field to Goliath and his brothers. Ah but for me, dare I say it, am I really afraid of the dark. No I say and again I say no…… it’s just that…… well…… it’s those things that go bump in the dark that get my attention. Memories, emotions and the haunting thoughts that invade my mind without permission.

I personally believe that God put these scriptures in place just for me. I don’t mean just for particularly but especially with me in mind. Because He knew I would be spending time there and He wanted me to know that He works well in the dark.

It’s easier to hide in the dark than to face the stark reality of the light of exposure.

The pain seems to be easier to take than the change that’s needed.

I flinch at the memory of broken relationships, un-kept promises and unfulfilled expectations.

It was into my dark world that He came. Boris Pasternak puts into words better than I.

"Into this tasteless heap of golden marble he came. Lightness and an aura. Emphatically human. Deliberately provincial, Galilean. And since he came, gods and nations ceased to be, and full humanity came into being."

Christ has struck a bargain with the Father, “My life for your light.” The Father says just remember, “IN THE COLD DARK OF THE TOMB I WILL FIND YOU.”

God found His son I know He can find me in the Dark.

David says it succinctly, (Psa 139:7-12 KJV) Whither shall I go from thy spirit? Or whither shall I flee from thy presence? {8} If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. {9} If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; {10} Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. {ii} If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. {12} Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.

Dick Foth, former President of Santa Cruz Bible College tells this story:

As little boy In The Dark Iwould call for mom and say, “Mom, Mom.”

You may ask why not get up…… but when you're in the fifth grade and it's dark…… the thing under the bed will get you or the thing in the closet will get you.

About that time your mom will say, “What is it?” And I say, “Awnothing, I just wanted to know if your were still there.

Now I'm older, I don't call mom any more, I say "God" and He says, "What is it?" And I say, “Awnothing, I just wanted to know you were still there.

In the Dark, that place we hide in, God reassures us that: He knows, He understands, He has an answer, He works well in the Dark.When you're cold and frightened! He lets you know that His primary goal is;not what you door have done,but what you become.

Some of us are like the little boy who was afraid of the dark. His mother tells not to be afraid because God is in the room with him. She leaves the room and hears him say;

"God I know you're here, but whatever you do, don't move or you’ll scare me to death."

God says I'm not afraid of the dark. I'll help you. I was there with my son in the darkness of the tomb. I'll be with you. But you have to let me be there for you. You don't know what your capacity for pain is in the dark, but I do and I won't let you carry more than you can bear."

That's the God I know; The God who walks the dark hills, the highways and byways.

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Vicki S.

September 28, 2013 at 12:09pm | Permalink

Well said, Leo. God is always with us...in every storm we face. He is with me now. Praise His name!

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