Yesterday I had the chance to reflect on a season of my life that occurred a few years ago. It was dark. I’ve been through some things in life but this season was the worst and the darkest of my life. Over a period of a few years it seemed that all we could do was survive and lose. We essentially lost our daughter to Autism and have spent every day since fighting for her. We lost jobs, lost money, lost a baby, lost a home, and just about lost our marriage, our health and our minds. Satan came after the Post family and thought he had beat us.
Today, however, I can say with some experience, that dark seasons come to an end. Even when you can’t imagine the possibility. Even when there doesn’t seem to be a sliver of light or hope. Even when you find yourself at rock bottom….under the rocks…..God is still with you and He still sees and He is still working. He hasn’t forgotten you. Psalm 23:4 – Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me.
Today I stand in a different season. It is one of hope. One of peace. One of joy. I’m so glad to be past that dark season. But the truth is that the dark season changed me. It changed me for the better. It made more grateful. It taught me some compassion and how to extend grace. It showed me what was really important. It showed me who God is. I can see now, even though I couldn’t at the time, how God was orchestrating all the pieces and making them something useful. Yes, Satan came after us and tried to break us. But God is in the redemption business and specializes in using broken and weak things. (I Cor. 1:27). And although I don’t want to repeat that season, because it was brutal, I’ll always be grateful for the end result. Like a refiners fire purging the impurities and leaving behind the precious.
Friends, if you’re in a dark season, I know it’s hard……….but it will end. Hold on. And when you can’t hold on, let God hold you. Stay focused on truth. Don’t lose hope. Redemption is on it’s way.
Blessings to you all!
For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime! Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning. – Psalm 30:5