Thursday, May 12, 2016

Beauty in the Dark

Imagine, for a moment, that you are being led by a guide down a dark path.  Not only is the path itself dark, but everything around you remains unseen.  There is no light, no hint about what's surrounding you except for what the guide tells you.  Led by his unseen hand, you stumble along, hoping that he won't let you fall.  At one point, the guide stops and whispers to you, "You are now surrounded by ultimate beauty.  I know you can't see it, but I assure you, it's absolutely amazing."  You search the darkness for any sign, any indication that your guide is being truthful, but all you see is darkness.  So, you have a choice to make.  You can carry on blinded by the dark, or you can take the guide at his word and envision yourself in a place that is beautiful beyond description.  What do you do?  What have you already chosen?

You see, this is not a fairy tale; it's life!  Many times the path before us is dark and unfamiliar, and we are forced to carry on with nothing but the direction of our Guide.  Led by His unseen hand, he assures us that we are safe and that, even in the darkest of valleys, we're surrounded by beauty.  The beauty of grace.  The beauty of mercy.  The beauty of a God at work.  But we can't see it.  We only see the darkness.  And we must decide how to carry on.  We can continue stumbling in the dark, believing that this is all there is, or we can choose to take our Guide at His word and trust that there is beauty beyond what these earthly eyes can see.  Either choice will keep us moving forward, but only one of them will lighten our hearts and put a spring in our step.  The choice is up to us.

Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. - Jeremiah 17:7

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