One Step Closer

I’m ’round the corner from anything that’s real
I’m across the road from hope
I’m under a bridge in a rip tide
That’s taken everything I call my own

I’m on an island at a busy intersection
I can’t go forward, I can’t turn back
Can’t see the future
It’s getting away from me
I just watch the tail lights glowing

U2

Dark times.  Sometimes they sneak up on you like an earthquake, with no warning, leaving your sense of security in a massive pile of rubble.  And sometimes they steal in slowly, softly like a thick morning fog that limits your view and distorts everything all around so that you become disoriented.  No matter what form they take, dark times steal from you.  Hope is sucked away.  Joy is crushed.  Passion is buried.

But, with each downfall, with each setback, with each new turmoil, something happens.  We keep walking.  And when we keep walking we become one step closer.  One step closer to knowing.  Because in the dark times there is a lack of “knowing.”  Knowing why, knowing what to do, knowing how.  The questions keep rolling through your mind, churning up feelings of despair, depression, and defeat.  But remember, “A heart that hurts, is a heart that beats,” (U2), and a beating heart means you are still alive, and as long as you are alive, there is Hope!  In dealing with heartbreak in the movie Sleepless in Seattle, Tom Hanks’ character says in response to coping, “Well, I’m gonna get out of bed every morning… breath in and out all day long. Then, after a while I won’t have to remind myself to get out of bed every morning and breath in and out…”  With each step we take we are one step closer to the end, one step closer to an answer, and if we are including the omnipotent, omniscient creator of the universe in our search for these things, we become one step closer to him.

“In this world you will have trouble, but I…I have overcome the world!”

Don’t you remember who said that?  He’s the one who put the stripes on the zebra and the freckles on your nose.  He’s the one who halted a tempest with just his voice.  He’s the one who suffered a thousand sufferings, even those you now suffer, and yet overcame so that he could take us by the hand and gently lead us to overcome.

Is he a quick fix?  Sometimes.  But mostly, he guides us slowly, nudging this way and that, often without us even realizing it.  If you will keep walking, you will keep advancing towards the “knowing.”  Be patient my dear one, and hold on for just a moment longer.  Take one more step.  And if you can’t, ask him for the strength you are lacking.  You will be closer to knowing…