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Hope’s Best Friend

As a child, I was hysterically scared of the dark. I can remember the sinking feeling that came when all the lights were off—the feeling of not knowing who or what might be hiding in the corner or under my bed.

Sometimes, as a grown-up, I find myself in a similar situation spiritually. I find myself in a dark place where hope is hard to find. It’s a place where I cannot see what’s ahead of me, and I begin to doubt God’s faithfulness. Maybe the darkness came from a great tragedy or a deep disappointment, or maybe it came from a season of waiting on God for direction. Regardless of its cause, the overwhelming darkness can be plain scary. 

My mom’s solution when I was little was a Strawberry Shortcake night-light. Once I plugged her in, turning the lights out wasn’t so scary. It didn’t change the fact that the lights were off, but it gave me just enough light to remind me of my reality—that no one was hiding in the corner and that monsters weren’t under my bed.

Hebrews 11:1 tells us that faith is our night light in spiritual darkness. It says, “Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” In the midst of darkness, the way for me to hold onto hope is my faith. I have faith in God’s promises, so I can also have hope that He’s got good things planned for me. I have faith that God is who He says He is, so I can also have hope that He’s going to be faithful. I have faith that God loves me, so I can also have hope that He’s walking right beside me.

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