Even In The Dark

I’m a big fan of bumper stickers.

Seriously, is there anything better when you are having a crappy day then reading something like, “Honk if you Love Tacos!” or “Follow Me To Billy’s Bargain Barn!” ?

Come on, you know you smile at those!

As a teenager I had my own on my trusty little Subaru…. “Don’t Follow Me….I’m LOST!” and my personal favorite…. “I STILL MISS ELVIS“.

Sometimes they can even make you reflect on just how wonderful and blessed you really are.

Yesterday morning while heading to the mountains to meet some friends to do some winter hiking in the freshly fallen snow, I got behind a beat up Nissan with the following message attached to their rear bumper…..

“STARS CAN’T SHINE WITHOUT DARKNESS”

Right there in my little Honda Civic on Highway 92 I had a moment.

See for me the dark has always been scary.  I like knowing what is around me, and being able to see what lies ahead. When the lights are on.. so am I.

But when the lights go out…..I shut down.

It is so easy to Shine in the daylight when things are golden and going great. But once darkness sets in and times get rough or dreary……we forget that even in the dark we can shine and illuminate our world.

I have written about my friend Teri before.  She is the most positive person I have met.

EVER.

You cannot be around Teri and NOT smile.

Image may contain: 2 people, hat and closeupShe is the total meaning of the bumper sticker that caused me to have a moment yesterday, and the person I immediately thought of when I read it.  Ironically, she was also the person I was driving to meet.

Teri has a zest and love for life. She genuinely loves people and has the incredible ability to make the darkest days and moments seem so bright. You can totally hate your life, be absolutely hateful, sick, or just in a bad place, and Teri can make you forget how bad things are and make you feel like all is right in the world in a matter of minutes.  I dare you to spend 5 minutes with her and not smile or snort from laughter.

It can NOT be done.

This is the attitude I strive to embody. A love and Joy for life that shines through, even when it is super dark.  To live out the challenge given in Philippians 2:14-15:

“Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure children of God, without fault in a crooked and depraved generation in which you shine like stars in the universe.”

Life is not perfect. Oh how I wish it were.

Sometimes it is nasty, rocky, scary, and ugly. The madness, sadness, and ignorance we see can often be too much and just make us bitter, hateful, and dark. Sometimes that darkness consumes us to the point that we forget that, even then, we have the ability to shine.

Friends, life was not meant to be lived in the dark. You and I were created to shine so that we can remind others, they too were created to shine, so that they can reflect their light to inspire as well.

Even on the darkest of nights, we are never without light.

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Life is not perfect, but it full of mystery, wonder, excitement, and beauty.  Enjoy EVERY waking moment.  Like Marty Robbins once said, “Every day is a good day to be alive, whether the sun is shining or not.”  Don’t be afraid of the darkness.  There is no need to let it overwhelm you. Just remember you are a star….and stars ALWAYS shine when it’s dark!

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5 thoughts on “Even In The Dark

  1. Jessica, this was a great article. God has given you the talent to write. Since I have been dealing with this illness for almost 2years now God has shown to me a lot to be thankful for. I had taken seizure medication this doctor prescribed which had bad side affects that made me feel sucidal and that is one reason I was admitted at Duke hospital to get help to get off the drug. Anyhow that was 2016 and this new year I am looking for healing of my body. I still have seizure but it is the non elipsey kind it is blocked emotions and memories. I am in counseling due to cognitive issued but as soon the mind issues come out we are hoping for healing and better. I found out I have been sexual molested when I was 12 years old by my parents friend. Please pray for me a healing this year and seizures will be set free. Thank you and keep on writing. They are very encouraging. God uses us in different ways and I thank God he saved me. He is not finished with me. Keep on hiking them mountains. You are beautiful and special. I will always thank you for standing by me at the daycare when I was accused falsely. Love u and God bless u!!

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  2. I like that! “Stars can’t shine without darkness.” Once we went up to the mountains for a retreat, and we just were amazed at the stars, the stars that we never see because so much of the city lights. I’m going to try to remember that one.

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