2 Corinthians 4:6
“For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.”
God first spoke in Genesis 1:3 and said, "Let there be light." As expected, the light acted accordingly at the command of God. This moment was so monumental to the creations of the world. The first instance that God brought light to a dark situation. Then we are gifted another light. Jesus tells us in John 8:12, "I am the light of the world." In other words, Jesus is the light that changes your darkness. A word.
Growing up, we experienced seasons of hardship. There were times that our electricity was off. It amazes me how God will use your life to minister to you. My mother made sure that we had flashlights and candles. The candles were for the scent but would serve a purpose in a season of lack. The preparation! My mother made sure that we would still have light no matter what. So she decided, Sit in darkness until things changed or find a light. We would maneuver throughout the house with the source of light we already had. We just had to activate them. TURN ON THE LIGHT! If you stay ready, you won't have to get ready. You cannot adequately prepare for something while you are in it.
I am passing through one of the most uncomfortable seasons of my life. However, I can hear God so clearly. When I went on vacation in June, I was fascinated with God's creations. I was mesmerized by the composition of the clouds, the sounds of the waves, and the sunrise. On vacation, I took about 300 pictures of his creations alone. While viewing the clouds, I heard God say, "Do you think I can't restore what I created?". I thought that meant that God was doing to turn my situation around. I thought he was going to save my aunts life.
I used portrait mode on my phone to take a sunrise picture—one of the settings in the stage light. The stage light shifts the attention of the audience to the desired place. The lighting enhances the visual, sets the mood, and influences the audience's perception. The stage light internally minimizes the darkness of the audience by just shifting focus, encouraging one to focus on the brighter area while in the darkness. The darkness didn't change, but the light did.
One picture, in particular, had the stage light focus. The darkness surrounding the sunlight was minimized, and the light focused on the sun. As I reflected on the picture, I heard God say, "This is how I'm going to restore you. I'm not going to change the darkness. I'm just going to allow my light to shine through it." 2 Corinthians 4:6 “For God who said, Let light shine out of the darkness." My prayers we pleading with God to give all my blessings to my aunt. My heart was screaming, "God, if you take my aunt Idk what to do." God hears your heart too! In my dark time, I was reminded of the source of my light. I was reminded that I am not alone. My darkness didn't change; the light did.
"The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it."
I know your darkness has weight to it but understand just how heavy God is.
He may not change your storm, but he will certainly overcome it. The storm is not to punish you. Sometimes he wants to show you how powerful he is. Maximize him even in your darkness. He is bigger than your storm.