Dark Nights of the Soul
When we go through valleys in our life, discouragements, brokenness and we cannot see the bigger picture of “why we do what we do”, the promises of God are the only thread we have, that we can hang on to.
Everyone goes through the dark nights of soul. Those nights, where we cry ourselves to sleep. Pain and brokenness rage within us, and we walk as huge emotional tanks that needs to be emptied in the right place or we spill our contents in all the wrong places. If you are going through one such valley, where nobody in your life understands or is even aware of what you are going through, let me tell you, the right place to empty your tank is in the presence of the Lord.
He keeps all your tears in his bottle. What…? my tear? someone cares about them? Yes, He is not a fair weather friend who hangs upon you when you sound depressed. You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book. Psalms 56:8
He validates your grief and pain
Yes, I know..they might have told you that you have victim mentality, that you make things complicated, that your fears and thinking are irrational. But our Saviour does not walk away from your grief. He is sure to point you (gently) in the right direction if you need to change , or give you a new perspective if you have misplaced yours. But, I assure you that He also validates our grief.
He gives you songs in the desert
Men want only the strong, the successful, the victorious, the unbroken, in building their kingdoms; but God is the God of the unsuccessful, of those who have failed. Heaven is filling with earth’s broken lives, and there is no bruised reed that Christ cannot take and restore to glorious blessedness and beauty. He can take the life crushed by pain or sorrow and make it into a harp whose music shall be all praise. He can lift earth’s saddest failure up to heaven’s glory. –J. R. Miller
It is when he was running for his life, David penned the most beautiful psalms that we read and reread. It is in the crucible of fire, that God puts songs in our hearts. Those songs are able to touch and minister healing to many. He can give you songs too, in the desert places of your life. These songs that you sing today in your valley will become somebody’s hope tomorrow in their hopelessness.
He sings over you with love
He validates our griefs and gives us songs and then sings over us. Like a mother quietening her infant with love and songs, our God sings over us. Quietens us with His love.
The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing. Zeph 3:17
He gives you new promises
“Fear not, thou worm Jacob…I will make thee a threshing instrument with teeth” (Isa. 41:14-15)
There is nothing more contradicting than a worm and a threshing instrument with teeth. One is easily broken, crushed. The other one is used to break and crush. The “dark nights of our souls” are where this transformation takes place…one to the other. You get transformed from a worm to a threshing instrument. It is by the power of His promises we are transformed. If you are in a valley, don’t try to get out of there. Stay there and ask God to reach you with His promises.
“God’s people don’t live on explanations; they live on promises. At the end of his life, Joshua reminded the people, “And you know in all your hearts and in all your souls that not one thing has failed of all the good things which the Lord your God spoke concerning you” (Josh. 23:14
NKJV).” – Streams in the Desert.
He gives you new revelation in the darkness
“Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was” (Exod. 20:21).
In the thick of the darkness, Moses experienced God’s presence. If God is driving you into a thick darkness, remember, you are about to see a nature of God and experience a side of God that you have never seen before.
“Storms of bereavement are keen; but, then, they are one of the Father’s ways of driving me to Himself, that in the secret of His presence His voice may speak to my heart, soft and low. There is a glory of the Master which can be seen only when the wind is contrary and the ship tossed with waves.”-Streams in the Desert.