LETTER FROM A MINISTER

Darkness and Light


There are two days each week when I drag myself out of bed at 6am to walk our dog, Guinness---so called because he's predominantly black, but with a white head. See what we did there.

I can’t lie, it’s not my favourite pastime. Yes, the mornings can be beautiful; yes, I get to spend time reflecting on the day ahead; yes, it gets me out rather than sitting behind a computer screen; but it still requires me to leave a warm bed long before anyone should have to.

I feel like this when the mornings are light. So, imagine my mood as the mornings get darker, and even Guinness requires a light on his collar so that I don’t lose him around the fields of Newport Pagnell.

There’s just something about the dark that seems to make everything…well, darker.

It’s the same houses I walk past; the same paths we go down; even the same fellow dog-walkers that I bump into; and yet in the dark, they each seem different.

The reality is, of course, that they haven’t changed at all. My perspective has been changed by the simple lack of light.

Over time, I’ve learned that my trust in God can feel a little like this too.

When things are going well, I bounce along enjoying life and finding it easy to trust that God has it all covered. But when things become difficult—when they get ‘darker’—I can find myself wondering where God is; why he might have allowed certain things to happen.

The reality, of course, is that He is there throughout.

David, the Poet Laureate of his day, wrote in the Psalms,

"God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in time of trouble"
[Psalm 46:1 New Living Translation]

His love and care for us never changes, and nothing can separate us from it. Whether we’re wrestling with questions; feeling like we’ve failed; unsure of which way to turn next; struggling with everything and anything; we can take it to Him, knowing that He is always ready to help.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that everything suddenly becomes easy, or that we immediately have all the answers; but our trust in God can bring hope in the most difficult of situations.

As the winter nights draw in, and the days become shorter,
may you remember that God is our refuge and strength.
And what is true in the light, is still true in the dark.

Steve Wood,
Newport Pagnell Baptist Church

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