Walking in the Dark

Denise Vredevoogd

Read: Isaiah 50:4-11

Let him who walks in darkness and has no light trust in the name of the Lord and rely on his God. (v. 10)

Sometimes we find ourselves on paths with no light at the end of the tunnel. We can’t see any resolution to a financial crisis, résumés don’t result in job offers, a relationship seems irreparable, or medical tests all come back negative with no answers for the pain. It’s like walking in the dark in an unfamiliar house, feeling your way along the wall, guessing at the number of stairs you’re climbing down. Your balance and perception feel off and your steps are tentative and slow.

Jocelyn Green, in Free to Lean, talks about her struggle with depression: “The despair that had enveloped me was so dark, I could not see my own hand in front of my face. Without vision, there’s not much hope. It’s very hard to get anywhere when you can’t see” (p. 214). We long to see what God sees, to be given immediate answers when we struggle, but Isaiah warns that those who attempt to “walk by the light of your fire, and by the torches that you have kindled” will still stumble and fall or worse. We can’t light the way in our own strength. So we must trust God and rely on him.

If you feel like you are walking in the dark, take slow, cautious steps and continue to trust that God will safely guide you. Hold out your hand and let him lead. —Denise Vredevoogd

Prayer: Lord, help us to trust you, relying on your guidance even in our darkness.