Someone has said that life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.
What in the world does that mean? I believe that it means that life has its share of storms and cloudy skies. We all experience them, literally and figuratively. When the days are long and rife with illness, we sense that as if it were a stormy day. When devastating news comes our way, it feels like a storm. When we are struggling, sometimes all we experience is ominous darkness. When friends have betrayed us and no one is left standing with us, we lose the warm, embracing comfort of light.
It can be hard to get beyond those dark days. And they can be almost unbearable at times. In fact, we can’t usually bear them alone. It helps to have love and support.
And yet, there are those times when literally no one can help. No one is with us. We are facing the darkness in fear with no help at all. The darkness has overcome us with clouds of gloom.
I’ve been there. I survived those times, and I know it is precisely because I was totally alone . . . but with God as my help. In those dark times, I remembered my light and my salvation as described in the words of the Psalmist.
The LORD is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life– of whom shall I be afraid? – Psalm 27:1