Honestly, I’m this type of person who when going through a dark night, I want to get out as quickly as possible. I have a problem seeing clearly on on such occasions but over the years I have come to realize that sometimes God’s plan is not always to get me out of it but to have me make a difference there; to be the light in that dark night.
For days I have thought about and prayed for those affected by the terrorist attacks on Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya. God has a plan to raise them up from the ashes. They lived through the darkest of nights and from this terrible situation these people are sharing testimonies and stories of hope.
Are you in a problem that you need to be a witness of?
This past Monday I was speaking to a dear sister and got so encouraged as well as challenged in my spirit. This young woman is battling a serious health problem but in the midst of her dark night she is offering hope and encouragement to those in a similar situation. She was at the hospital for chemotherapy and couldn’t help overhearing another patient on phone panicking about chemo, hair loss, side effects and a whole other range of stuff associated with cancer. As soon as the other woman hung up the phone my sister stepped in and shared the message of hope and the faithfulness of God. Even on your dark night, if you let Him, God can still use you.
This reminds me of Paul and Silas on their dark night: About midnight they were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. (Acts 16:25). Some people will get to hear, understand and receive the gospel only through you because you are in a situation they can identify with. You’re more real and more relevant to them. View your problem as your platform or pulpit to proclaim the message of Jesus Christ. God has an eternal purpose for the problem you’re facing. Out of those ashes, where all seems lost; He is able to give you beauty.