Being in the darkness of God is like no other human experience. It is both a physical and a spiritual one. We know we are being held and have no doubt as to Who is doing the holding. We are being held Spiritually and very often that results in a physical inability to move out of where we are too. We cannot release ourselves. We cannot change our circumstances, but we can choose how to react and how to think about the situation we find ourselves in and the most important thing we can do and must do if we are to gain anything and move forward with Him, is to submit to Him in our present situation/circumstances and have patience to wait with Him while it endures. We might feel at times we are going to break, but hold on tight as it is only over when He says so.
Wait upon the Lord to show us when we can move and to where and learn as much as we can about Him and from Him whilst we are waiting. Waiting in this manner is often a place of pain, but wait we must.
Welcome these times with joy, no matter how difficult or uncomfortable they are to endure. Out of these experiences we grow stronger in Him, we learn more about Him and ourselves in Him. Know too that this is going to happen at times in our lives as we become less and He becomes more.
We are also able to help others who might be going through such times, but have no understanding of them. As Christians, we all are disciples to one another and by sharing things like this once the Lord has taken you through them, we bring glory to the Lord and help a brother or sister to walk and grow their relationship in a real way with the Lord in their every day, ordinary life and not just spout out theories and musings and theology that can not be attained in the Letter only. The Holy Spirit has to reveal it to us if it is to have a real and long-lasting, life-changing effect in our lives. It is always a work of the Lord Himself, and in this knowledge we can rest assured that He will complete that which He began in us. ( Philippians 1:6 )
Be so very encouraged.
At times God puts us through the discipline of darkness to teach us to heed Him. Song birds are taught to sing in the dark, and we are put into the shadow of God’s hand until we learn to hear Him…Watch where God puts you into darkness, and when you are there keep your mouth shut. Are you in the dark just now in your circumstances, or in your life with God? Then remain quiet…When you are in the dark, listen, and God will give you a very precious message for someone else when you get into the light.”
Patience is more than endurance. A saint’s life is in the hands of God like a bow and arrow in the hands of an archer. God is aiming at something the saint cannot see, and He stretches and strains, and every now and again the saint says–’I cannot stand anymore.’ God does not heed, He goes on stretching till His purpose is in sight, then He lets fly. Trust yourself in God’s hands. Maintain your relationship to Jesus Christ by the patience of faith. ‘Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him.”
We tend to use prayer as a last resort, but God wants it to be our first line of defense. We pray when there’s nothing else we can do, but God wants us to pray before we do anything at all. Most of us would prefer, however, to spend our time doing something that will get immediate results. We don’t want to wait for God to resolve matters in His good time because His idea of ‘good time’ is seldom in sync with ours.”