When Darkness Becomes Clear


Have you ever been on the Mummy Ride at Universal Studios? It is dark. Really dark. It makes you feel lost and confused and fearful and very, very sick. When darkness enters our lives in different ways, it has a way of doing the same to us. There is a lot of confusion, emptiness and fear when things are unknown and unclear. We desire light and clarity in these moments.

But where does the light come from? I constantly am looking for external lightness in my circumstances changing, someone to give me a word of encouragement, or if it’s financial, the need to receive a gift of some kind. Jesus told us though that after he left, the light would come from the inside.

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. John 14:26 ESV

The Holy Spirit is our light when all other lights go out. Being aware of the present risenness of Christ changes everything. We can encounter Him anywhere and everywhere, in the valleys of the shadows of death and in the bright morning star. No matter where you walk allow the light of Jesus to illuminate whatever path you are on.

As I read stories of the chaos of other’s lives in the Bible and how God came through for them, l want to be like them. They put reminders on tablets or little boxes or on their foreheads so they would always remember of how God brought light in the dark places. I want to remind myself of the goodness and faithfulness of God in the depths of darkness. If He came through for them, He can come through for us.

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Steve Mickel
Steve Mickel

Steve Mickel grew up in the home of a pastor, faithfully attending church every week. He graduated from LIFE Pacific University with a bachelor’s degree in biblical studies and a masters in strategic leadership.

Presently, Steve serves as the Lead Pastor at Westside Church in Bend, Oregon and loves spending time with his family, riding his motorcycle, and enjoying the outdoors.

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