Where to Turn When Life is Dark

bible reading challenge day 133

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On Saturday, I had the opportunity to speak at Mt. Hope Christian Center in Burlington, MA for the Mother’s Day Tea. We discussed where to turn when life is dark. I wish I could explain to you just how fabulous a time we had together. What a wonderful group of women who attended and hosted this incredibly blessed event! Today I’m sharing just a bit of what I shared for their theme of “Just Enough Light for the Step You’re On”, which they based on Stormie Omartian’s book of a similar title.

when life is dark

God’s servant, Moses, had appeared to Pharaoh multiple times requesting that Pharaoh let God’s people go. Since Pharaoh had not listened, the plagues of Eqypt began to unfold from the wrath of God. Each plague seemed to receive only temporary attention from Pharaoh. Then the ninth plague ensued:

Then the LORD said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, a darkness to be felt. So Moses stretched out his hand toward heaven, and there was pitch darkness in all the land of Egypt three days. They did not see one another, nor did anyone rise from his place for three days, but all the people of Israel had light where they lived. Exodus 10:21-23

The ninth plague was one of darkness. Can you imagine not being able to see anything for three days? I can’t imagine the fear of the Egyptians over this plague. And it wasn’t just a darkness that prevented visibility. It was a darkness that you could feel.

I’ve been in the WV coal mines, deep and dark. Once you get down into the mine, when the lights are turned off, you can feel the darkness. It wraps around your body like a vapor. This was the type of darkness that covered the land of Egypt. So dark that they couldn’t see where they were going and therefore, did not go anywhere.

Have you ever been somewhere in life when the darkness of your situation was all you could feel and you could not see where you are going?

On the opposite side, Israel was not cloaked in that darkness. The Bible says “they had light where they lived.”  This thought intrigues me to no end as I contemplate how this could possibly have happened. And it boils down to me not really understanding how God performed this miracle. Because it was just that- a miracle. A supernatural miracle that cannot be comprehended by our limited minds.

God still works miracles today.

He still provides light in the middle of the blackest and darkest darkness.

We don’t always understand God’s plan for our lives. Life is not predictable.  We must know where to turn for light when life is dark. And the place to turn is to Jesus. God’s Word will light our paths when nothing else can.

 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105

If you missed Friday’s post of 9 Bible Verses that Shed Light on Any Subject, be sure to check it out.

Where do you turn when life is dark?




  1. Sounds like your talk went well. So excited for you, Rachel. Keep shining the light of Truth.

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