You Only See the Stars in the Darkness

Do you feel it?

The loneliness. The despair. The frustration. The anger.

2020 has been a year.

I’ve felt all the above emotions and more.

Why is this happening? When will it be over? How much more can I bear?

Honestly? Not much more.

As I gazed into the night sky’s brilliance last night, I realized something.

Walking in the light is easy. There are few challenges, so it is natural to be thankful.

When times are good, we forget to be grateful. We take the little things for granted. But not this year.

This year, we would give anything just to see loved ones and hug them.

It’s in the darkness that we realize the depth of our faith—wherever that may lie. Because in the dark, we can’t see where we are going.

We stumble about and have to feel our way by touch. We have to trust that things will work out for good.

Sometimes the best thing to do in the darkness is to let go. Stop struggling. It’s not helping, anyway.

All of your busyness and planning are meaningless. All of your hard work isn’t helping. It’s just wearing you out.

And you’re already tired.

So scream, cry, and do whatever else you need to do, but then let go.

Be. Listen. Don’t do.

Walking in the light is easy, but the darkness is where you discover who you are and what you believe.

The darkness, hard as it is, strengthens you.

If you always walk in the light, you never get the chance to shine.

Go—be a light for others.

Shine with all your brilliance.