“Unto the upright, there arises light in the darkness…” Psalm 112:4
When we find ourselves in a dark place – in the valley of the shadow of death, in sickness, in pain, in trouble – it’s easy to be afraid of it. But when we’re trusting in Jesus Christ, we must remember that being in the darkness just means we are in the shadow of His wings.
A few weeks ago, my sweet sister-in-law Bekah, texted me a verse from Psalm 63:6-7 and it hit me in a fresh way as I was feeling like I was stuck in a dark place.
“When I remember you on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches. Because you have been my help, therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice.”
In the dark, in the pain, sometimes we feel so far from God, so far from hearing His voice. But He is near to the brokenhearted, and because of His protection over us, we can rejoice in our darkest days. There can be so much fear in the shadows, but when we’re in the shadow of HIS wings, He’s right there, and we’re actually the nearest to Him that we can be. And in that safe place is where know and experience the peace that passes understanding.
“God, Your love is precious! You protect people in the shadow of Your wings.” Psalm 36.7 NCV
For me, there have been times in my life and in this past year, when I have felt far and distant from God even as I have been in the Word and in prayer. But as I have kept pressing in, and kept reading and kept persisting, He has spoken – in His time – to my heart, reminding me that He loves me, and that He’s nearer than I think.
As my family and I have been in the valley of the shadow of death this past year, I have found this to be true: The Lord is God. His ways and thoughts are higher than mine. I may not fully understand His ways, but I do know that He is good. So I trust Him. He protects me.
And in the dark shadow of His wings, I will rejoice.