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When You Struggle to See the Light

June 2, 2011

Yesterday while we were playing on the floor, I stood Rebekah up so she could grab on to the couch and balance herself. She had this big grin on her face as she stared at the wall. She was gazing at the painting we have above our couch of The Last Supper. The light from the sunset shined through our window reflecting on Jesus’ face- not any of the disciples sitting at the table, but just Jesus alone.

It was the sweetest thing. Rebekah looked up at the painting another time and smiled again. And it convicted me.

That beautiful moment reminded me how Jesus’ light shines among the darkness. His light shines into my sinful heart. The sinful heart I’ve had for what seems like… all week- unfortunately! I’d prefer not to have to admit that.

I’ve been angry, impatient, irritable, difficult to live with (just ask my husband), and unable to control my emotions with broken sleep. Did I mention I don’t do well off little sleep?! I’m in a season of struggle spiritually. My time in God’s word has been minimal due to laziness, exhaustion, and my own excuses. I’ve been struggling in this season of motherhood with the demands of a two-year-old and 7 month old, among other challenges.

I’ve felt like I’ve been stuck in a deep pit. And I’ve wanted out!

Well on Monday, I was able to get in the Word after the kids were down and read the first two chapters in James. And on Tuesday, I read the third chapter. And on Wednesday, I prayed that God would keep moving and give me the desire to be in His presence even when I don’t feel like it and even when I struggle.

It’s often that my pride says I need to be perfect and have it all together spiritually or else I can’t come to Jesus. But I’m realizing that’s a lie. The biggest lie there ever was.

We struggle and that’s why we need Jesus. We need him desperately and even when we’re ashamed and try to hide our own darkness, we need only to look to the Light. And to keep looking again, and again, and again so that He can do something great and life-changing within us that we can’t do on our own.

Thankfully, the last two days have been perfect nights of sleep for us. I’m starting to see hope again. I pray that whatever struggle or trial you’re facing (small or large), that you will run fast to the Light and cling to Jesus in your struggles.

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. – 1 John 1:7

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Jonita permalink
    June 2, 2011 2:27 pm

    i like it- your struggle and your transparency. Just yesterday I called my best friend Catherine and began to cry as I described the struggle of being a newlywed in a new city, with no job and little finances, and a God I am not hearing from. Soon after I found myself in Lamentations…The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul that seeks after him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD…Yes I was brought back to reality-I have a hero, a Savior, Christ the Lord…

  2. June 2, 2011 2:46 pm

    Thanks Jonita. Yes, He is not silent! Hang in there!

  3. Trish Krieger permalink
    June 15, 2011 11:08 pm

    Samantha,
    I am sorry I have never made the time to read your blogs. But after reading this blog and When Love Happens your blogs have been very moving to me and completely know how you feel with life challenges and turning to Jesus for help. I will do my best keeping up on you blogs for inspiration. I cannot wait to meet you, Jeremiah and your family face to face. I wish you the best with being a mother of two young children; I know the feeling, and God Bless.

    Trish Krieger

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