The Rainbow After the Storm
“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren… “ – Romans 8:28-29 NASB
Have you ever felt disconnected from God? You can’t feel His presence where you previously might have. It seems as though your prayers are going unanswered. Despite all of your trying, you cannot seem to get it together. If this describes you, you might have been or are currently going through a dark moment. Dark moments are times of adversity, usually a result of times of storm in your life. These dark moments produce feelings of anxiousness, depression, sorrow, loss, helplessness, temptation, sinfulness, thoughtlessness, restlessness, confusion, and doubt. We all have these dark moments.
Storms come for a variety of reasons. Charles Stanley identified 3 reasons we experience storms in our lives. First, we experience storms because God initiates it. Second, it could be something we’ve done. Last, a storm could result from something satan does directly, or through someone else. The dark moments during our storms range in intensity. Sometimes they are dark as a shadow, other times they are midnight black.
Despite their strength, dark moments do have a purpose. These dark moments are designed to bring us closer to the purpose God has for our lives. Ultimately, these dark moments are designed to bring us closer to God, make us more Christ-like so that we can use our experiences to serve and comfort others.
Recently, I went through a dark moment. I’d heard some health news I didn’t want to hear, I got an article rejected, and I was physically tired and overwhelmed with all the things I need to do. To top it all off, my family was under attack. During this time, I couldn’t feel God. I wasn’t having the encounters with Him and the Holy Spirit that I’d been experiencing previously. I felt abandoned. So, I allowed myself to just wallow. I wasn’t writing like I should, my quiet time became another item on the to-do list, and I read A LOT! Reading is my escape, something I use to wind down from all of my busyness. So, I happily escaped.
Only within the last few days have I gotten out of this moment. What happened, you may ask? Well, God showed me just how much He hears my cries, sees me as I struggle. I heard this teaching on dark moments and storms and realized that despite what I may have been feeling, God did not abandon me. He wanted me to seek Him even more during this time. He wanted me to trust that He would work everything for my good. And He has. Something that’s been four years in the making came to fruition. I had an encouraging meeting about my progress towards tenure and promotion. And I had a great conversation with a member of my family.
What my dark moment taught me was that we will all go through storms, we will all have dark moments. It’s not the dark moments that define us, or our relationship with God. It’s our response in those times. We can wallow in our self-pity like I did, or we can trust God from the get go and know that He’s got it. He already made provision for what you need, before you even knew you needed it. Eventually, the storm will pass, and a rainbow is just a reminder of that.
Walk with Him,
Tamara & the Great Is Team