The holidays can be really dark for some people, and I think I’ve forgotten that until now. I have a dear, dear friend, and everything looks like a total dark tunnel for her right now.
God is good.
That’s something she said to me multiple times during the podcast tonight. My heart was heavy as she talked, and at the same time I was lifted up with my eyes back to Christ Jesus.
This Psalm came to mind as I was talking to her. This is my prayer for her. Psalm 40:1-3, “I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.”
Christmas was really hard for her. It’s been a dark time.
The joy of the season was taken out of it for her.
Job 3:1-7 makes me think of where Jamie is right now, ‘After this opened Job his mouth, and cursed his day. And Job spake, and said, Let the day perish wherein I was born, and the night in which it was said, There is a man child conceived. Let that day be darkness; let not God regard it from above, neither let the light shine upon it. Let darkness and the shadow of death stain it; let a cloud dwell upon it; let the blackness of the day terrify it. As for that night, let darkness seize upon it; let it not be joined unto the days of the year, let it not come into the number of the months. Lo, let that night be solitary, let no joyful voice come therein.’
Job 1:20-21, ‘Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.’
Yet, this is what I’ve heard Jamie say over and over as she’s walked through these intense dark times. She has blessed the Lord over and over when I know it feels like she may not have a reason to, and people may ask, ‘Why don’t you just lose faith?’
Jamie is a super compassionate person. And she has had a tough life. She’s shared many of these things on the podcast multiple times, but I thought it would be so appropriate to share this in light of the holidays.
The holidays are good, but don’t forget that there are people that are struggling during the holidays. There are people who have lost loved ones, who are struggling with chronic pain, who don’t have any family, and they dread the holidays.
So Jamie and I talked about:
– Her love for kittens and the trials they’ve brought
– Learning compassion for people in dark times
– Trusting the Lord even when the dark tunnel during the holidays seems to keep going and going
– How to love and walk alongside people who are suffering
– How Jamie’s cats have taken her eyes off of her own suffering and helped her
Have you walked through dark times during the holidays?
Dark Times: how have you seen the Lord guide you through them?