Wait Until Dark

As for me, I look to the Lord for help.
    I wait confidently for God to save me,
    and my God will certainly hear me.
Do not gloat over me, my enemies!
    For though I fall, I will rise again.
Though I sit in darkness,
    the Lord will be my light.

Micah 7:7-8

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Gargoyles Keep Silent and Futile Watch | San Antonio Riverwalk | January 2020

Maybe you’ve seen the movie, Wait Until Dark.” This thriller is about a blind woman, played by  Audrey Hepburn. Alan Arkin plays a violent criminal searching for some drugs that Hepburn’s character innocently possesses. The climax of the movie comes as the bad guys are in Hepburn’s apartment and she is trying to escape their nefarious plans. If you’ve seen it you will remember the refrigerator door being kept open so the light was on, and Hepburn frantically reaching for the electrical cord so she could plunge the apartment into total darkness. In the darkness she would be safe.

That’s not the case for most of us. In fact, very few of us experience total darkness at all. We seldom escape the lights of the city, and even in the countryside we see lights of homes or streetlights. We seldom experience darkness like the people of Jesus’ day.

That was brought home to me when we were in Jerusalem. The guide led us down to a 20 foot deep pit under Caiaphas’ house. He asked me to read from Psalm 88 to the group gathered there in that pit. The last line of that psalm reads, “darkness is my only friend.” At that moment the guide flipped a switch and turned out all the lights. It was dark: oppressively so.

Darkness sometimes overtakes us. We grow weary and hopeless. We see no way forward. We yearn for companionship. We want to see the sunshine of God’s love. But our vision is clouded by darkness.

Especially in those times we must trust in God. For if we cannot see God, we may either despair of his goodness or trust in his faithful love. Death, sickness, disappointments, loss of jobs, financial downturns, and even a friend’s betrayal all bring darkness. In those moments we remember the One who is the Light of the World. We trust in him and rejoice in the hope that he promises. We look to the Lord for help. And wait for his help.

Let our enemies gloat. Let them ridicule us and wag their tongues. God is our light and our salvation. In him is no darkness at all.

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