Biking Blind

“But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here! ””
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭14:27‬ ‭

Pitch black.

I didn’t know pitch black could be like that – so dark, the darkness almost grabbed you with oily fingers.

I couldn’t find my bearings. My balance felt off. I tried to continue pedalling, but somehow I felt as though I was leaning at an odd angle.

But since I couldn’t see, I couldn’t tell if I was upright or not.

What a weird and unsettling feeling.

“Brent!”

No answer.

How odd, not knowing if I was right side up, or travelling forward or sideways.

Stupid night bike ride.

“Brent!”

I felt him near before he answered. I couldn’t see a single thing.

“I’m right here. Just follow my voice.”

Ah, the comfort of that presence in the dark.

Are you in a dark place today?

Are storms raging all around you?

I just want to remind you of a remarkable truth today – no matter how dark, how windy, how dangerous the waves, Someone is right there with you, to lead you out.

I can’t always see the next step ahead. Sometimes the dark is pitch, so complete that I can’t get my bearings.

So I will wait in the dark for that gentle Presence. I will take comfort that I am not alone, that this path may be tricky but I can find my way if I listen to that calm voice.

It’s hard not to panic when you lose your equilibrium. It’s hard not to run blindly when your fears yell in the dark. It’s hard not to make silly snap decisions and knee-jerk reactions when emotions blind you to the truth.

Remember Who is with you.

Remember Whose you are.

Take courage with me?!

Father, I often forget You are with me in the dark and uncomfortable and scary places I find myself in. Remind our hearts this day that You are present. You are never affected by storms because You are beyond and above all disturbances. Lend us Your peace and assurance as we navigate the tough stuff. Amen.

Published by melodylowes

I am actually a bit of a mess. But in the mess, I’m finding security in knowing I am chosen, I am forgiven, and I matter. After uncovering a history of abuse in my past, I have done a lot of healing - and writing is one way I can invite you deeper into your own healing journey! I write devotionals about the complicated thing called life at growing-in-grace.ca, and my poetry is stashed at melodylowes.com. Pull up a chair and a coffee or tea and lets grow together!

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