“Even if I say, ‘I’ll put all this behind me, I’ll look on the bright side and force a smile,’ all these troubles would still be like grit in my gut…” (Job 9:27-28 The Message)
I don’t like walking Lexi in the dark, but there is a bright side: we rarely meet any other dogs before sunrise. I can’t see where we’re going, but at least I don’t have to worry about Lexi’s aggressive behavior. I try to be grateful for that. Job wasn’t so philosophic. Sometimes we walk in darkness even when we walk with God. Maybe our friends, like Job’s, advise us to look on the bright side, even in the darkness. But Paul had a different idea. He writes from prison, “Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel” (Philippians 1:12). Paul didn’t look on the bright side; Paul witnessed to the Light. He didn’t need to see where he was going. Even in dark times, he trusted absolutely to God. Paul never resigned himself to “at least.” He revered the Most High.
Dear God, Even in dark times, help me witness to the Light. Amen