Living in the Dark by Jennifer Guglielmo
“We who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil, where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.”
We were reminded in a recent online sermon that Jesus meets us where we are and has a unique journey for each of us. Sometimes we are given miraculous signs like resurrection from the dead, but other times it might be silence, where we are led to a “helpless dependence upon Him,” (The Vestibule of Heaven, by G. D. Watson) or even a “dark night of the soul.” Our Gathering Group recently shared a quote from 16th Century Spanish monk, St. John of the Cross, explaining his poem, Dark Night if the Soul.
God’s love is not content to leave us in our weakness, and for this reason, he takes us into the dark night. He weans us from all of the pleasures by giving us dry times and inward darkness ... no soul will ever grow deep into the spiritual life unless God works passively in the soul by means of the dark night. (St. John of the Cross)
For me it is often in these silent, dark times that I remember to take hold of the hope set before me. Jesus is the anchor for my soul. I am grateful that God loves me enough to take me to places that will grow me spiritually. Like the author of Hebrews and St. John of the Cross, I am learning that true contentment comes when I am at the end of myself and have come to a place of “helpless dependence upon Him!”