Darkness

Another week in bed. Another week of pain and silence. I drug myself back to the doctor only to find the infection had spread and filled my upper and lower sinuses. I started my 4th antibiotic and spent most of the week in my darkened bedroom.

Yesterday, my sister-in-law, (my hero) came to see me. She brought doughnuts…blueberry, red velvet, and old-fashioned home-style…from the new shop in town, and that kept me from climbing back into bed.

I hadn’t played since Sunday. I sat down to the keyboard and played the intro to a song in which the piano has the lead. The intro was high and pretty, in the key of “F” because that is the key the Fairfield worship team plays this song. I brought my hands down to hit the first chord of the verse and automatically hit a “G” chord.

That’s right. I changed keys in the middle of the song.

The worship team in Mt. Pleasant, which I play with on Wednesday nights, does this song in the key of “G.” I did the same thing at rehearsal last week and we all had a good laugh.

It’s not funny anymore.

If only I had not been in bed all week; I could have practiced. Then I read today’s verse.

Matthew 27:45, “At noon, darkness fell across the whole land until three o’clock.” NLT

Saturday was a dark and silent day. Jesus was buried and everyone was in deep sorrow. It seemed like God had abandoned them.

But Jesus did his most important work on Saturday. Since he died an innocent man, he paid the price for sin for everyone: past, present, and future. He walked into Hell, took the keys to death and Hell, and released all of the prisoners there who believed in him, see Revelations 1:18 and 1 Peter 3:18, 19.

Are you surrounded by darkness?

Do you feel hopeless?

Is God silent?

Remember God does his best work in darkness, silence, and chaos, see Genesis 1:2. If you don’t believe me, show up at church tomorrow and you will see. He wants to create something new in you.

Dear Father God,

Thank you for being with me this week. I know You worked in my spirit while I was in silence and darkness. I look forward to seeing the results of that work. I trust You to finish what You have started. Thank you for sending Jesus to pay the price for my sin: past, present, and future. 

In Jesus Name,

Amen

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