For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light— for the fruit of the light results in all goodness, righteousness, and truth—discerning what is pleasing to the Lord. Don’t participate in the fruitless works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to mention what is done by them in secret. (Ephesians 5:8-12)
Are you more likely to try to please people or do things your own way?
When does your approach get you into trouble?
What is one area that you need to stay away from right now?
Bold, dark lines make color stand out. Have you ever colored a picture that was like felt art or stained glass coloring pages—the kind that have thick black lines that set apart the colors? Colors among the darkness of the page are bold and unexpected. They catch our attention, just as colors among the darkness of life catches attention.
Colors are God’s, and He always stands out among the darkness. We shouldn’t go into the dark places when we are too tempted to fade into it. We must be sensitive to our weaknesses throughout seasons of our lives and listen to and trust His warnings and promptings. What is okay for one person isn’t okay for you because of different experiences and tendencies, just as what’s okay for you isn’t okay for someone else. We need to encourage each other on our own journeys. Most important, we need to trust God’s leading.
When God directs us into a dark place, He emboldens us with HIS colors. It’s not our own colors, strength, insight, courage, or passion that we can contrast the darkness. Only He can do that. Going into the dark on our own is never a good idea, but when we fully rely on God, He will splash color through the darkness. He will take a sheet of black and create a beautiful display of reds, blues, yellows, and every other color He creates. The colors will take on a richness because of the contrast to the black. God is bigger and bolder than any darkness, and when the time is right, He will show up and show off. Be ready, because He’ll include you as His worker and witness.
Sit in the dark for several minutes. Be sure to surround yourself with as much darkness as possible. If it’s daytime and difficult to find a dark place, place your head in your arms on a table, closing your eyes to block out all the light you can. What do you see? Is it completely black? Do you see any colors? Any light? How can you remember this experience when your life feels dark and overwhelming or you’re helping someone else through a similar circumstance?