Have you ever walked down a hallway and suddenly the lights turns off?  What about strolling along a pathway at dark and the streetlights out of the blue stops illuminating your next steps? Or when on a thunderous night you hear the deep roars of the sky and in the blink of an eye, your well-lit house darkens? In all three occurrences there is one thing all of us do.

… darkness was on the face of the deep, and the Spirit of God hovered over the surface of the water” (Genesis 1:2 CJB)

We stand still. Movement naturally stops. You cease to walk down the hallway, the stroll is interfered with an interlude and your socializing at home is substituted by silence. This might be for merely a second or the halt can last several minutes. But what really happens though? It’s more then a mere physical stoppage. The mind and heart gets sucked into a whirlwind of emotions and thoughts. That is what my words will conclude—the movements in the mysterious maelstrom of life.

Let’s move from the symbolisms of darkened houses and hallways. And rather point it to a more justifiable darkness, the type of darkness that life sometimes projects and mysteriously leads us to. By the way this type is neither the darkness of evil nor the darkness of separation from God, but the type that the Spirit hovered over in the beginning, it is the darkness that God spoke beautiful creativity into.

… darkness was on the face of the deep, and the Spirit of God hovered over the surface of the water” (Genesis 1:2 CJB)

However compared to God, the appearance of this mysterious maelstrom tend to bring different actions for us sons and daughters. Questions like “what happened?” and “what to do?” are inevitably present in our minds. We tend to quickly brush away “what happened?” out of the greater necessity to answer the second question. Do you move? If so, towards what direction and in what pace? Back from where you arose or onwards after the already measured bearings? Worry tags along with cluelessness and they both creep into your being and in seconds, the unforeseen unknown paralyzes us.

I’m sure you all can relate to the encounters of uncertainty and unanticipated challenges that I’m describing. From job situations, relationships, sickness, death of both physical and abstract thing and life directions. I’m currently in one now and realizing the “what to do’s?” are natural. However don’t fret cause what’s beyond natural, that is supernatural, is that our genius Guide has answers and bearings!

Pause.

It’s time for a commercial break for a few minutes. Listen to Mumford and Sons’  “Thistle and Weeds”

 

And especially soak in the chorus written below:

But plant your hope with good seeds

Don’t cover yourself with thistle and weeds

Rain down, rain down on me

We are not created to stand still investing in swirly worries and dark despair. To not cover ourselves with thistles and weeds as the popular British band sing. It’s us to blame when we believe in lies and admit hopelessness.

We have the great privileged to rather hope in God. The whirlwind that I’m describing our emotions and thoughts as might be tangible, however that doesn’t mean they’re true. God has still a proper path in the midst of darkness. Invest in hope. Lightning is connected with thunder and similar is the light of the moon with the night. For a seed to grow rain is desperately needed. We are made in the image of God. And liken to God’s advancing in darkness and his declarations of beauty out of chaos, are we supposed to portray Him by the same actions and courageous steps into the mysterious uncertainty. Trumpeting faith, hope, life and resurrection from a confidence in the character and voice of God instead of from a muster of human strength.

It’s only through and by Him we move. I’m positive that the darkness of life comes so that God’s fire might be more evident. Out of God’s zeal and passion for us turns he the lights off in order for us to cling onto Him, take His hand or jump on His back. Undoubtedly does God desire ridiculous reliance and maybe a silly surrender. And I’m stubbornly sure that the night God spoke into existence provides a perfect opportunity for these desires to be achieved. Read what the prophet Isaiah writes in chapter 50. I’ll highlight verse 10 of the NIV.

“…Let the one who walks in the dark,

who has no light,

trust in the name of the Lord

and rely on their God.” Isaiah 50:10

Therefore highly beloved friend of the outstanding Navigator, plant your hope with good seeds, and embrace the storm rolling through knowing it carries necessarily rain. Whatever you may go through or ponder. Let go of strenuous survival strategies of our superficial minds. I don’t know if you should give up whatever challenge you’re journeying through, but I do advise you to surrender.

Move forward with the glorious dwelling of God in your heart. Legitimate tears might be rolling down your cheeks. However the thistles and weeds of worries and unclarity are nonexistent. And as you press on in the now realized, orchestrated maelstrom, hope is tattooed on your forehead, resurrection is on your lips, trust is anchored in your heart and you are confident that storms don’t last forever and the promised creation of day is approaching. But meanwhile, your eyes are fixed above on the divinely fashioned light of the moon.

“By the light of the moon I will press on” – Josh Garrels

Juan – Erik Gabrielsen
is passionate for the proclamation of the Good News of Jesus Christ in the nations of our world. He’s provoked to go and be a voice by the love and approval of God. Juan-Erik is from Norway, but currently serves as a missionary for Youth With a Mission in America.