“Finding Your Way Out”

Are you in a Black Hole?

 

Yep… that swirling darkness that seems to bend or consume all light around it… That pit of darkness that eats up positive feelings… even those good things that come along.

I’m not talking about blah feelings or those times when you are simply in a grey-funk… bouncing in and out of levels depression.

 

I’m talking about those times when no matter what you try… no matter what your friends do or say… No matter what …that swirling black hole consumes all worldly efforts to escape its grip.

 

Remember these words…

“As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you…” (Joshua 1:5b)

 

A black hole is a place of total nothingness.

 

Consider…

It may be a time in our life when God allows the removal of the resources and supports that we normally rely on to feel secure… Maybe… our careers, our finances, our friends, even our family, our health, our comfort and so forth.

 

Know this…

“As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you…”

 

My experience is that it is a preparation time.

 

So…

When you find yourself in a black hole experience, don’t bounce off the walls in total frustration… or just sit in a corner and brood.

 

Wake up…

Take stock of your life.

Take a clear look at your relationship with God.

 

1st…

Ask God if there are any sins, habits, or attitudes that He might be judging in your life.

It’s important to discern whether the trial we face is the result of God’s discipline for our sin?

Or…

If He is preparing us for a future role… even a leadership role.

 

2nd…

When you enter a black hole… please do not trust your feelings.

Trust God.

Your feelings will tell you, “God has rejected you. Abandon hope. He has left you utterly alone.”

Feelings are fickle and change…

But, God never changes.

Feelings come and go…

But, God is always with us.

 

3rd…

Remember that your black hole experience is not only intended to refine and define you; it’s also intended to influence and change the lives of others… maybe even hundreds or thousands of other people.

Our adversity is not just for us, but others in our sphere of influence.

 

4th…

No matter how painful or oppressive the experience may feel… do not try to hurry the black hole process along.

Remember, when Joseph was in the depths of the pit, there was nothing he could do about it.

He couldn’t climb out, jump out, levitate out, or talk his way out.

All he could do was pray and wait upon the Lord.

 

5th…

Lean on God.

Even when you don’t feel like praying, pray.

Even when you don’t feel like reading His Word, read.

Even when you don’t feel like singing songs of faith, sing.

When you pray, don’t just talk; listen.

Be silent before Him and listen for His still, quiet voice.

 

6th…

And… Please be alert to new truths and new perspectives.

During a black hole experience, God often leads us to amazing new discoveries (He always has for me).

A black hole can be a storehouse of unexpected riches for the soul.

 

One last thought…

The black hole experience may reoccur… or at least for me they have.

Maybe I’m just a slow learner or maybe it’s the jobs He has ordered along my path… So… Don’t be surprised if you again find yourself struggling with a pesky black hole experience… Remember the time(s) before… Press into the lessons He taught you… and the promise that He is with you.

 

Draw Close… He is ever so near.

 

Dallas L. Nash