“I will give you treasures hidden in the darkness – secret riches. I will do this so you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, the one who calls you by name.” (Isaiah 45:3 NLT)
Sitting in the quiet of the chapel in the school where I worked, I read these words for the first time, and I felt hope ignite within me. Although they had been written long ago, it felt like God was speaking them directly to me, and it made me wonder:
Could there really be treasures hidden in the darkness – even in the darkness I faced?
Did God really see my struggles and call me by name?
For the last few years I had suffered spells of what I described as “the darkness.” It would come suddenly, with no warning, and when it did it felt like a light had been switched off inside me. Suddenly the world seemed black and hopeless, like there was a shadow over everything, like I wasn’t fully present. When the darkness came, it felt like it would last forever, but it never did.
After a couple of days, I would gradually be able to climb back towards the light and I would be okay… until the next time.
My post is part of a series called “Lights Of Hope” which features several writers sharing stories of how God met them in times of darkness.
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