Financial devastation, rebellious children, a marriage in danger of disintegrating, a diagnosis of a life changing infirmity.
Darkness surrounding you, gross darkness.
Is this your life?
He despairs of escaping the darkness Job 15:22 NIV
The Message translation goes into more detail.
Every little sound terrifies them.
Just when they think they have it made, disaster strikes.
They despair of things ever getting better—
They’re on the list of people for whom things always turn out for the worst.
They wander here and there,
Never knowing where the next meal is coming from—
Every day is doomsday!
They live in constant terror,
Always with their backs up against the wall.
When it appears that darkness is total, open your eyes, observe the pin pricks of light that God has sent your way.
The phone call with encouragement when you thought no one cared.
The surprise check that comes in the mail when you needed it most.
Your child obeying you without arguing.
Your husband calling you to say he loves you.
A neighbor bringing over a meal when you are so worn out you were ready to put peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on the table.
These pin pricks of light are strong against the darkness. The more you observe, the more light you see.
When you have noticed the pin pricks then lift up your eyes and observe the greater light of God. He is watching over you, never leaving or forsaking you.
You are my lamp, O LORD; the LORD turns my darkness into light. 2 Samuel 22:29 NIV