Is God present in heartache? In sadness? In times of fear and doubt?
Is God present even in these periods – these “dark nights of the soul”? Scripture honestly acknowledges experiences like these. Consider Psalm 88 – a discouraging, heart-wrenching statement of utter desolation. It ends without hope. Yet it gives me hope. . . because it shows God’s Word honestly acknowledging this common experience in the journey of faith. If you are in a dark period, take heart! And also read this article, “Growing in the Dark,” from my friend Lesa Engelthaler.
Is God present when we face fear – when we get the answer, the news, the diagnosis that tells us our worse nightmare is coming true? How can we experience God’s presence even in totally scary experiences? Check out this post I wrote several years ago about a scary time our family went through and a practice that can help us experience God’s nearness in the face of looming bad news.
Also, stay tuned to this blog because next week my friend Charity Singleton Craig — a writer and courageous cancer survivor — will stop in to share about her own experiences of God’s faithful presence.