Darkness Dispelled

What does this gif make you think or think of?

For some reason in my crazy brain, it made me think of a murder mystery.  Trying to find clues, then sifting through the evidence, investigating, finding clues, and struggling to make sense of them until BOOM!  There is so much running through the detectives mind all he can do is sit there for a while with all the weight of what he does know piled on but none of it quite making enough  sense to solve the mystery.

If he gave up at that point and didn’t start to put things together he’d just lay there consumed by the darkness of the mystery forever.  Jim Rockford kept going even if it meant getting beat up, put in jail or losing boatloads of money.  Jessica Fletcher kept going even if it meant being labeled a busy body or entering situations that could be life threatening.  As much as ole Jimmy needed to make a living and Jessica needed to concentrate on her writing, not much could stop them from getting in deep to help a friend, family member or helpless victim, even if it ended up costing them in time or money.

What am I getting at here with this Loony gif  and murder mystery start?  I ‘m not really sure as I sit here writing and grin at Daffy, but so many of the character traits in these and other detectives remind me of you all.  I see a lot of determination and persistence in the things you go through even if the circumstances are overwhelming and/or painful.  I see you sharing clues in your comments that even if things aren’t perfect in your work or lives that you push through the difficulties and carry on as best as you can even if it is SO hard sometimes.

It also makes me think of how God has been patiently trying to teach this imperfect person known as me.  It can be frustrating sometimes when I am trying to learn and  listen to what He has to say to me and I can’t put it all together right away.  I want to know now! I want to get it right the first time and quickly please Lord!   I want Him to take me out of this valley, plop me down right on the mountain top and reveal what it is He wants me to do and stop the hurt of this world that breaks my heart.  What I so often forget in the frustration is those places where I am, are exactly where He wants me to be.  Even  when I’m not forgetting, when I’m whining about where He has me, He wants me there in that moment and to remember who He is, what He’s done for me,  to believe His timing is perfect and he has  “plans to prosper me and not to harm me, plans to give me hope and a future.”  (Jeremiah 29:11)

Sometimes we are so busy exhausting ourselves trying to do it all ourselves in our own ways and own time, but forget that we don’t have to.

Isaiah 40:31 but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.

Trying to fight my way out on my own strength and knowledge only brings more darkness. When the whining turns to thanksgiving, hope and praise for His Blessings in my life  is when I can let him begin to lift that blob of darkness off from on top of me.