I went into my daughter's room to check on her late one night because she was crying. It was so dark in there that at first I could not make out where her crib was. I simply stood right inside the door and said her name and that I was there. Immediately she stopped crying and said, "Momma! Momma!". I went to her and gave her a hug before putting her back in bed. She slept soundly the rest of the night.
As I left the room, the thought occurred to me that she did not need to see me to be comforted. She listened to my voice and knew everything was going to be okay. In the dark that night, she relied on what she knew about me from previous experiences to determine how to react. She trusted me and knew I could calm her fears.
A few nights ago I sat in my car, calling out to God aloud. I just needed to vocalize some frustrations and struggles I was going through. In my mind, he was sitting in the passenger seat, listening intently. I could almost hear him saying, "I understand. I am here." I was in the dark, but he was there too, although I could not see him. He did, and often does, comfort me when I cry out his name.
The darkness, real or spiritual, can be very frightening. In times of confusion and uncertainty, I choose to call out my savior's name. I trust that he will not let me down in the future.
"I call out to the LORD, and he answers me from his holy mountain." Psalm 3:4 NIV
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 NIV
"Trust in the Lord" - Sixpense None the Richer
Father of light, be with me in the darkness. Keep reminding me that you want to hear my cries and love opportunities to reassure me that you are near. Amen.