Our college interns are leaving us this week. A full school year now over, they are competent in office, grounds, and programming here at Indian Hills Camp. We will miss All the energy and accidental twinning moments with my son!
I confess I didn’t get to spend much time with them. We hosted a few family dinners and, occasionally, I got to chatting about college units and future plans. But really, I couldn’t sustain many conversations while chasing my eldest on his strider bike. But at the end-of-year dessert banquet, I meditated on a lantern, 1 John 1:5. It says “…God is light and in Him there is no darkness at all.” There is no darkness in God, but there is deep darkness in me, and it led me to write this final memo to CREW… and to you! :)
“I don’t know where it was darkest for you this year. Maybe it was a circumstance, a death grieved, a friendship divided. Or maybe it was within your own mind– fighting back the ache of depression or battling the compulsions of the flesh. Our doubts and our lusts consume us whole. And digging deeper within ourselves for solutions only brings more shame and hopelessness. Yet we continually convince our minds that we are one decision away from a good idea, that we are one step closer to enlightenment if we just keep trying. My friends. Please. Stop. Moving. Sit in your darkness and wait for the Lord, like the prophet Micah. He knew he was guilty, but he boldly accepted the reality of his darkness, knowing God’s light would eventually shine. And that Light did shine, in the face of a man, Jesus Christ. So friends, do not be ashamed of your dark, for that is where we so clearly see our Savior’s face.
In His love, Alicia
Some little lanterns for you:
Micah 7:8 “Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light.”
2 Cor. 4: 6-7 “…..For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.
Psalm 119:105 “Your word is a lamp for my feet,a light on my path.”
Psalm 16:2 “I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.”
Psalm 27:1 “The Lord is my light and my salvation– whom shall I fear?”
Hebrews 4:16 “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”