Bigger Than Darkness

Yesterday, I was pondering this thought:

Seasons in the dark make the light that much brighter.

This morning, I read the following verses:

As Jesus and the disciples left the town of Jericho, a large crowd followed behind. Two blind men were sitting beside the road. When they heard that Jesus was coming that way, they began shouting, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” Matthew 20:29-30

A few days ago, I shared with you that my son and I recently discovered the show I Shouldn’t Be Alive.  After reading the above verses, one of the episodes we recently watched came to mind.  

It was about this small plane that went down in the dense rainforest of Costa Rica. Amazingly, five of the passengers survived.  However, the most seriously injured passenger was thrown several hundred feet from the plane. When the four other individuals realized he wasn’t among the wreckage they began searching for him and calling out for him.

The ejected passenger was able to follow their voices and be reunited with them. He tearfully tells the interviewer that he was so thankful that he wouldn’t have to go through the ordeal all alone.

Two blind men were sitting beside the road.

This piece of Scripture doesn’t tell us anything about these two men. Yet, when I read it, my heart feels comforted that the story mentions two men and not one.  I would like to believe that these two men weren’t sitting apart. I would like to believe they were friends and had somehow found each other while groping around in the dark.  I would like to believe that despite being unable to see, they attempted to help one another and encourage one another. I would like to believe that, even though they couldn’t see a way out of their situation, they had each other to lean on.

Scripture goes on to say that, on that day, these two men heard rumors that the One who might be able to rescue them was heading in their direction. They yelled out loudly for help.  In fact, the verses that follow tell us they yell so loud the crowd tells them to be quiet…their shouts for rescue are annoying. Yet, Jesus doesn’t see it the way the crowd sees it. Their loud, desperate, relentless cries are music to their Savior’s ears.

What do you want me to do for you? 

Lord, we want to see!

Instantly, Jesus heals them both and they get up and follow Him down the road.

I wonder if these two men ever reminisced about the day their rescue showed up?  I wonder if, when seasons in their life grew dark again, they would think back on that one moment when Jesus came along and did the impossible. I wonder how often their memories of time spent in the dark encouraged them to get through more dark times.

They knew with certainty that the light of the One they followed was so much brighter and bigger than any darkness that might come their way.  They knew it!

 

Question: How has God personally shown you that He is bigger than the darkness?

Linking up with Jen from Finding Heaven

10 thoughts on “Bigger Than Darkness

  1. Chris Vonada

    I think it’s pretty cool that when the two blind men were healed they got up and followed Jesus. I think the Bible suggests that they not only physically followed Jesus, but they were witnesses now that could and would testify first hand to the coolest story in history, that He came for a purpose and that He is real. Good stuff Eileen!!

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  2. Sandra

    Your careful and sensitive reflection here has a penetrating effect. I think that this darkness that has been in my life is like a cap over my life, made of ceramic yet slowly chipping away.

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  3. Dan Erickson

    God took me from the throws of dealing with very dark, schizophrenic thoughts, after being a child victim of a cult, to being able to share my story through books and songs. My first book is “A Train Called Forgiveness,” about that journey.

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    1. Eileen Post author

      Wow. What a powerful testimony. You reminded me that in His hands even the darkest roads can be redeemed and used for good.

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  4. Anne

    Yesterday I visited with some friends in Suffolk. Among them was one* of the most inspiring women I have ever met. Sabina has been battling with cancer and is on the road to recovery. She was telling us that during her darkest of times, when things were the toughest, she would ask the Father, “God, can I just sit in your lap for a little while?” That is something that I’ll try to remember for the rough days on my journey. Because the One that I try my hardest to follow IS “bigger than any darkness” that might come my way.
    *p.s. Eileen, you are a member of this group of inspiring women! 🙂

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