Treasures of Darkness
One of our Father’s greatest blessings is the gift of emotion. We can all agree that we want to be filled with joy and love; to experience the thrill of challenges met, be awed by beauty in many forms, and embrace the warmth of friendship. It’s the other side of emotion that we shrink from.
I have spent time in the valleys of life. I don’t want to live there, but I can say unequivocally that my life is enriched because of this journey. When the respite of shallow comforts ceased for me, I found my heavenly Father’s nearness in a way I had never experienced before. I am still reaping rewards from the intensity of Bible study and meditation during this time.
God’s word is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12) and He comforts me from His words recorded by Isaiah and other Old Testament books. In Isaiah 45 the prophet Isaiah told of a coming king, named Cyrus, who would re-build the temple when the Israelites returned from captivity, and that happened as recorded in the Bible in the book of Ezra. Alongside this truth, verse 3 speaks to me in a special way; I have received treasures from my journey. My treasures of darkness include compassion for others and an increased ability to minister to those who are in their own valleys. My riches stored in secret places assure me that I have resources for the future, and from my valley experiences I am deeply assured that the God of Israel has called me by name.
We have hope. Oh, that our world would know this hope.
Isaiah 45:3 I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, who summons you by name.
Director of Spirituality
Oakview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
Calvert City, KY 42029
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