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Wednesday, January 14, 2015
“And the Lord said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even darkness which may be felt. And Moses stretched forth his hand toward heaven; and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days: They saw not one another, neither rose any from his place for three days: but all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings.” –Exodus 10:21-23
On February 14, 1884, Theodore Roosevelt was dealt a major blow. His mother, age 50, succumbed to typhoid fever, and within a few hours, his wife, age 22, died while giving birth to her namesake. It was exactly four years and a day from their wedding day.
Teddy Roosevelt kept a daily journal. Day after day he would fill the pages of his notebook with his experiences. The entry in his journal for February 14, 1884, is a big X followed by "the light has gone out of my life." Reading that entry, my heart hurts for the man.
We all must face dark days in this life. We will be thrust into moments so dark that it will seem as if the light of life will never again break through. You may be going through that valley even now. Like the Egyptians of old, the darkness that surrounds you seems to be so thick it can be felt. However, if you are a child of God, the weeping may endure for the night, but joy cometh in the morning! This life may lose its luster; the sun may seem to hide its face, but one day all will be well. Darkness rules in this world. When the sun goes down, the world is plunged into night. But there is a land where they need no sun. No one needs a candle in that yonder place. It is not a land of day and night, but only day. No, there is no shadow there of any kind. There will be no more dark places to pass through, no more days of endless night. The Daystar is rising soon, and He will erase all night from the hearts of those in His presence. Take hope now, broken-hearted, for it is almost morning!
It may be a dark world for you today, but as the Israelites of old, we who know our God, have light in our dwellings. The light of the blessed hope shines through the thick darkness of the world's sorrow into the hearts of God's people. When you feel the darkness closing in, focus on the light. You may have sorrow, but it is not sorrow without hope!