His Presence in Darkness


As a child my family took a vacation to the mountains of Tennessee. We enjoyed the trip as our family was together and searching out new places we had never been. One such place was a cave to explore. It was well lite and we could see the spectacular formations of stalagmites and stalactites.

Each rock formation was uniquely different and beautiful. The rocks formed caverns with sharp drops to the next level. We were assured that we were protected by a tour guide who watched over us to lead the way and a rope fence to keep us on the marked trail as we descended deeper and deeper into each downward level of the cave. As long as we held onto the rope and followed the guide, we were safe.

The guide warned us of the depth of the cave and reminded us to stay together and not stray from the group. If the lights went out we were to remain still and not move an inch.

I felt perfectly safe since my mother was close and my daddy was holding my hand. I was confident the guide knew where each step of the path would lead. And I was confident that Daddy could take care of anything and everything.

Suddenly the lights went out and even as I held onto my Daddy’s hand, fear griped my body. I could see nothing. Blackness was everywhere as total darkness enveloped me, I was very afraid. I could not see my daddy’s face. I knew He was there because I was holding his hand but I could not see him. I could not move a muscle. Terror filled my heart.

As I stood in the darkness not moving a muscle, my daddy spoke to me and gave me assurance that he was there and everything would be all right. He reminded me to keep holding his hand and be still.

When the lights came back on, I saw my daddy’s face and knew that I would be all right. He had stood beside me and was there in darkness to keep me safe and reassure me during my time of fear.

Our heavenly Father is like that only with more power and might; He is constantly with us surrounding us with His love and presence. He never leaves us nor forsakes us and even in the darkness when terror fills the hearts of His children, He is still there. Oh, if we would only simply be still and know that the God of all creation is present in our life every second of every day.

Psalm 46: 10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Heavenly Father, May we become confident in Your presence knowing You are ever present and never leave us even in our deepest fears and darkest situations. In Jesus Name, Amen


Sandra Hardage