“The earth was formless and void, and the darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.” Genesis 1:2
It has been a long time since I have written “Heartbeat of God”. For reasons known solely to the Lord, the grace and release to write have not been given. It has been a season of challenges and trials as the art business has struggled in step with the economy. Like David, I can say “Out of the depths have I cried”.
Satan comes in those moments when the Lord seems far away. He whispers doubt and despair. He points us to others who don’t seem to be struggling and whispers “Compare”. He hinders us at every turn and tempts us to turn inward as he accuses that we have caused this wilderness time. A battle rages to pull our focus from The One who created us and never leaves us.
Scripture tells us in Joshua 1:5 “Just as I have been with Moses, I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you.” God was with Moses when he was a part of Pharaoh’s court, when by earthly standards all was going well. God also met Moses on the other side of the wilderness. There, tending his father-in-law’s sheep, God spoke. In the form of a burning bush, God called Moses to a new life. God met Moses and the Children of Israel at the shore of the Red Sea where He made a way when there seemed to be no way. As a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night, He led them through the wilderness to The Promised Land.
God meets us in the midst of our dry wilderness seasons. His Spirit moves over the waters of our lives when they feel like they are formless and void. Jesus walks with us through every season of life, the dark ones too. In His perfect timing God says as He did in Genesis 1:3 “Let there be light.” The darkness fades, a new day dawns, the Light of the World makes a way when there seemed to be no way. He takes you by the hand, walks with you through your Red Sea, and stays with you until you reach your “Promised Land” here on earth as well as beyond in eternity. Hallelujah!
Be encouraged. If you are in the middle of what feels like a dry and dark season, know that God never fails or forsakes you. As Jesus said in Matthew 28, “I am with you to the end of the age.” Rest in that promise. Abide in His Presence. Know that His timing is perfect and His Light overcomes any darkness.