The latitude lying within the Arctic Circle is known as the “land of the midnight Sun.” Each summer the sun never sets, remaining on the horizon in this polar region. While this is the season of never ending rays of sun, the other side of the world in Antarctica plunges into four months of darkness. Unfortunately, you don’t have to reside in the South Pole to experience extended periods of darkness. Accidents, trials and unexpected illnesses can leave dazed individuals searching for a ray of hope.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it, John 1:5.
Over the last few decades, researchers and scientists have uncovered some of the negative influences that darkness has on human beings. Seasonal affective disorder causes depression due to the limited number of hours of daylight every winter. Depending upon the location, schedule and where people work, some individuals only see a few hours of daylight daily until the weekend arrives. Darkness has a psychological affect, invoking doubt, fear and uncertainty. Thus, beside waiting for Spring to come, the Bible provides a cure for those searching for a ray of hope.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope, Romans 15:13,
Any day now I will be receiving an email from Hollywood about a movie, screenplay that I submitted in April. For six consecutive summers, I have opened up “I regret to inform you” notices, rejecting my previous projects. I’m not sure if I can handle the news of another failure, but I am trusting God to shine light into any future darkness that I face. When storm clouds roll in and begin to surround you, rays of hope enable souls to persevere until extreme conditions subside. In the meantime, lean on the Holy Spirit as you struggle and fight to make your dreams come true.
by Jay Mankus