Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Walking In the Light

I hear their stories on a daily basis and I'm continually struck with the magnitude of the dark battles individuals fight, requiring inordinate strength, courage, and trust.  The thing is . . . many of these individuals have experienced living life in the darkness, understanding it's power . . . however, they've learned through the grace of God, they're able to move out of the darkness into the Light.  These individuals have become my teachers and heroes, the ones who face the darkness, rather than hiding or running from the fierce battle that moves furiously towards them.  I'm in awe of their trust in God, their belief that no matter what occurs, the Light of God will overcome the darkness in their world.  And, they're right.  The battles, big and small, are always won when we remain in the Light.
I'm reminded, over and over, God is always present and will fight any and all of our  battles; the Light of the world always overcomes the darkness. 
Consider words written by the prophet Isaiah:
The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine (Isaiah 9:2, NLT). 

The darkness of this world attempts to block our view of the miracle of living in the Light of God with the argument we do not deserve anything but what darkness brings. But.  The grace of God empowers us to move out of the darkness into the Light. It does not mean the darkness will not come at us; however, it means we can be sure that we are able to overcome the darkness when we turn away from it and intentionally walk in the Light.

It's important to remember that through the grace of God nothing is impossible, all things are made new, and regardless of where we've been or what we've done in the darkness, we're able to walk in the Light each day with confidence that the darkness will never triumph over the Light, even when it appears the darkness has won.
One thing I know to be true, is we need to accept the gift of grace, refusing to let the darkness rule our thoughts or emotions, remembering fear, discouragement, and depression are not of God, receiving the Spirit of God's strength and courage, intentionally walking in the Light, regardless of how hard life becomes, trusting that the Light has come to win our battle with darkness.    
Receive the amazing grace of God each day.
Walk in the Light of God.
Celebrate the day.

Learning to Kickstart the day walking in the Light,
(written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2011 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)