I woke up at 4:30 a.m. this morning. I can usually fall right back to sleep when this happens—but not today. Today I woke with a heavy heart, full of anxiety.
If you struggle with anxiety, you know this routine all too well.
The inability to fix.
It’s all rooted in something which resembles reality, but at best it’s a blurred perspective at 4:30 a.m. So I pray—desperate prayers.
God, please do this, and that, and heal, and fix, and comfort, and open eyes and hearts, and protect, and give wisdom and direction and clarity and strength, and take away the pain, and HELP! Help me. Help us. Just help—this great mess. Light of the World, shine down into this darkness!
It all feels dark at 4:30 a.m.
And just as the sun starts forcing its way through the cracks in the blinds, some of the blurriness begins to dissipate, and reality begins to come into focus. It’s amazing how even the tracest glimpse of light penetrating the darkness offers us an entirely different perspective.
If things feel dark for you today—turn toward the Light. He is ever-present and longs to shine into your darkness. Your circumstances may not change, but your ability to focus certainly will. We are not meant to bear the burden of darkness—we have been given the Light of the World to help us navigate our own dark paths, and we have been called to then turn and shine that same light into a dark world that desperately needs a bright new perspective.