What Lurks in the Dark?

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God offers us His hand in life’s darkest hours. He’ll carry us through the darkness and lead us where we need to go.

You light my lamp; the LORD my God illumines my darkness (Psalm 18:28).

She had been driven crazy by her energetic children and just needed to get away, if even for only a moment. She ran upstairs to her daughter’s bedroom and closed the closet door behind her. And there, in the solitude of the dark closet, she cleansed her mind by letting out a long, loud scream. She immediately felt better and opened the door to leave. But blocking her exit, with eyes the size of saucers, were her three children. Her four-year-old daughter spoke first: “Mommy, I told you there were monsters in there!

The truth is, both children and adults fear the “dark”—the unknown—and our fears are intensified when we cannot see what is really before us. Listen to these words from the psalmist: “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast” (Psalm 139:7–10 NIV).

Like a loving father, God promises us He’ll always be with us. He’s there to offer us His hand in life’s darkest hours. He’ll carry us through the darkness and lead us where we need to go. And He’ll be with us forever.

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