Hope in the Dark

By Sandy Kirby Quandt

Have you ever found yourself in the dark without electricity? If you live in areas where storms can knock out your power in an instant, then you are probably nodding your head, “yes”.

Seems everywhere I’ve lived, with probably the exception of Africa, there have been storms of one kind or the other that threatened the reliability of the flow of electricity into my house.

When we moved to Texas from Florida, one of the first things I did was place candles and matches easily accessible in every room. I put flashlights next to each bed because that is what I needed to do in Florida. Even though we do have hurricanes here, just like in Florida, it seems we don’t have the summer storms that knocked out our power as frequently.

Nevertheless, I wanted to have the security of a light within easy reach for those inevitable times of darkness.

I don’t understand how electricity actually works. I just know when I flip on the light switch the bulb lights up. I expect the light to go on whether I see all the wires and turbines that make it work or not. I believe it will work. I put my trust in the fact it will work.

When life is difficult it might help us to think about electricity.

Crazy, huh? Let me explain…

Just as we trust the electrical current that runs from point A to point B when we can’t see it, we should trust Jesus is with us to give us the power we need to get through those rough times even though we can’t see him.

When the power goes out in our life and the darkness of our troubling situations seem to surround us, isn’t it comforting to have the security of a light within easy reach for those inevitable times of despair?

Our hope rests in the power of the Holy Spirit. He is the one who gives us the peace, the light to endure. He is our hope, our candle in the dark. Even the worst storms cannot interrupt his power flow to us.

Might I suggest we grab hold of his hand and never let go?

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May the God of hope fill you with joy and peace in your faith, that by the power of the Holy Spirit, your whole life and outlook may be radiant with hope. Romans 15:13 (Phillips)

I wish you well.


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