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When The Darkness Comes

By Don Loftis | 01.24.18

Mark’s account of the crucifixion reveals that for three hours, starting at noon, the sun was obscured and darkness prevailed.  Some have seen it symbolic of the power of darkness represented in the sin of humanity borne by Jesus.  He certainly felt the absence of the Father during those three hours, as He quoted the words of Psalm 22:1, “My God, My God, Why have you forsaken Me?”


Sometimes, we feel the same way, as the burdens of our lives are not lifted. It seems that the only response to our prayers and tears is divine silence.  Does God hear?  Does God care about our darkness?


The story is told of a missionary working deep in the bush country of a third world country.  His four year old son developed a tumor on his neck that was poisoning his system.  After waiting a week for a doctor to come to their make-shift medical tent, they were told that the boy could be saved, but only by immediately cutting out the tumor.  The problem was that the clinic had no anesthesia for the surgery.  The boy had to be strapped to a gurney and his neck lacerated without anesthetic.  The boy screamed in pain; the father watched with tears flowing down his own cheeks, but he never left his son’s side.


We may not understand God’s actions or His sense of timing.  We must remember that the Father suffers as He watches His children suffer, even if those children are adopted.  Remember God’s great promise of Hebrews 13:5: “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you.”



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