I remember one time when I was 15, I was at church and we were playing this game of haunted house.
We turned off all the lights in that section of the church, and it got pitch black inside.
There were no windows in this whole section of the church. It was just like a couple long hallways. And in the hallways, there were doors. All the doors were shut.
All we had to do, was go down a few hallways to reach the end of the haunted house. It was very simple.
But, it was dark…and I got lost.
I ended up opening a door and going inside. Inside the room, it was very dark. Pitch black. I couldn’t find a light switch to turn the lights on. So, I felt my way around the room. I realized that it was a bathroom.
After what seemed like FOR-EVER, I made my way out of the bathroom, following the walls, and into the hallway again….it took another 10 minutes to find my way out of the hallway.
I’m pretty sure that 20 mins felt like forever.
I was walking around, feeling walls, trying to find my way out of the darkness. I was praying to God that He’d help me find my way out,and I was embarrassed because I’d been in there way longer than everyone else’s turn.
It’s something I’ll never forget because it reminds me of life.
Sometimes, it FEELS LIKE, it’s pitch black, all around us. Like, we’ll never make it out…we’ve been stumbling around in the dark so long…looking for a light switch, a door, something, ANYthing.
And really only God can get us out of there.
Sometimes He makes us stay in there a really long time. Sometimes it feels like forever. When I was in like $30,000 debt, it seemed like there was no hope. I’d never get out. I’d never make it. It was just too hard. Year after year would pass and I was making so little progress.
Maybe it seems like you’re in a pitch black hallway right now. You don’t know where to go or what to do and it seems hopeless.
But you have to remember that you WILL eventually get out.
Eventually we get to the light at the end of that hallway. We can see. And things are normal again.
What we learn in all that, is to not only trust God when the lights are on and everything is normal, but we learn to trust God when all the lights are OFF as well. When things don’t make sense, when everything is pitch black.
If it’s pitch black where you’re at….are you trusting in Him? Have you decided to go wherever He leads you, even if it may not be what you necessarily want? This week, I’ve let go of a couple very important things to me and I honestly just feel SO MUCH better. So much more free. I was entangled and I didn’t know it until God showed me.
Is there something you’re holding onto that you need to let go of? I’d encourage you to join me and let go of our OWN plans and trust in God’s. His are far better! 🙂