What you’re actually viewing (or rather not) this Friday before it officially turns black, is the sky where the moon is suppose to be.
“It was SO DARK!” I couldn’t even see my hand in front of me holding my camera [phone]. I kept saying “Where is the moon? I know it is always right there.” And I thought “What does this mean God?”
“Do not participate in the
unfruitful deeds of darkness,
but instead even expose them.”
So having missed the Light, I am inspired to share with you a message that God had challenged me with two years ago just before (and regarding) Black Friday…
“How’s the darkness going to see the Light
if the Light doesn’t show up?”
Previous to this shocking request, I had stood in a position [note Ephesians 5:11] and declared to have nothing to do with such a dark and evil experience, where I would purposely center myself among people at the peak of their misbehavior, greed, and mean spiritedness. And then BAM!!! As I was glancing at the plethora of Black Friday fliers laying on the table across from me, I hear as plain as day “How’s the darkness going to see the Light if the Light doesn’t show up?”
“But Lord, you know how I feel about “the dark” and seeing people at their worst. I thought we were on the same page with this. You know, Christians just shouldn’t ‘go there’. And You do know it’s called Black Friday for a reason, right? And here’s the other thing, You know I don’t have a job or ANY money either. So this is impossible & not an option for me, right?”
And then, I got that all too familiar…
Well, now even you can see… I stand corrected! Not only did I go, I have an AMAZING TESTIMONY to prove it!
This is my account of how it all went down and up again, November 2011…
“First… I doggy eared all the pages of interest in the newspaper with all the store deals in it. I even made a timeline of what store opened when, a list of what I needed from each, and a flow~chart of my time & activity. It is funny to remember this now because when I had actually arrived, my agenda quickly got thrown out the window. Unbeknownst to me, “Black Friday” has rules & a protocol. I will say this, it was not a total loss, ’cause all my flyers were a hit with my new BF Friends. 😉 Amazingly, I was the only one who brought them.
Secondly, although without this there could not have been a first, I was given a gift of $500. [And $500 is like $5000 to me. Another miracle! I have learned to live with what matters most and to walk by faith & not by sight… or dollar amounts.] The money or the amount in itself meant less to me compared to the value I placed on the giver of the gift & how he would take part. I felt as though the Lord was bringing me people to share in a witness [& testimony] that was about to unfold.
At the time of “How is the darkness going to ‘see the Light’ if the Light doesn’t show UP?” – I tried to reason with the Lord [foolish I know] all the reasons I couldn’t pull this off, I heard AGAIN~ “Trust ME!” Everything I did was a leap of faith. I knew I had nowhere to go but UP and I could [can] prove it. I must confess, when you start at ground zero it certainly helps to have faith & Trust HIM! [I’d say you should try it, but you won’t hear of it any more than I did. It is not a ticket to ride most people want to buy. I know if I’d had a choice… I wouldn’t have. And if I had not gone where I did not want to go… I would have ‘missed Him’.]
When I arrived at Wal-Mart [Super Wal-Mart that is] on Thanksgiving Day 2011 [sadly the real ‘kick-off’ to Black Friday], I soon learned that my plan to just put all the things I needed in my cart ahead of time & then check out at the designated time… was NOT going to happen. There was truly only one thing I really wanted to get from Wal-Mart when I entered the store. It was a dance game for my daughter that was normally $50 reduced to $15. All the other things I “wish listed”.
The store associates & my new BF Friends that I was “in line” with, took me under their wing throughout the entire journey. They probably saw the complete naivety in me and took pity. Love that grace! Whatever the case… “THANK YOU!” They told me what was available to me, they brought me up to speed, trained me in the way & where to go [and at just the right time], & provided me with “runners” when I could not go myself.
This evening and experience was So Supernatural, that the encounter was even ‘out of the box’, ‘out of this world’, from the ‘darkness to the Light’, “Huge” to me. And to the people who know me, you know that… this is BIG! 😎
There was miracle after miracle… from perfect timing, perfect spacing, just the right people all around me, to the impossible situations made possible with God… MIRACLES!
More money [$25] appeared in my wallet by the third count at the very end, even after I had ‘counted it twice’ & knew I had to put items back if I didn’t have enough [$25 to be exact]; items that had limits & of limited number were offered to me & having been so instructed as to their need, I accepted gratefully; to the very game I came in for that was GONE [“totally out”] just an hour before [& it happened not in a good way… people were knocked down to get them], was presented like this…
As I was standing in a line I could not leave for well over six hours [except for the strict 15 minute bathroom break I was allotted & it was a miracle I got back with only seconds to spare… so many people, so little grace, so much darkness outside from where I stood], from directly behind me & outside the lines came the voice of a young woman… “Does anyone need this game?”
The women to my right & to my left looked at me with their eyes & mouths wide open… speechless. I knew! As I turned around I yelled “Thank You God!” Everyone around me cheerfully clapped in amazement as I gracefully accepted the “Dance” game.
They all said “Wow, you are so lucky!” [almost unanimously]. So I boldly exclaimed as I stood in full sight…
“NO, I’m not lucky & I can prove it. What I am is blessed & what you see is the favor of God. I so love Jesus, with everything I have, and now you know how much… Jesus loves me.”
[Now that’s GRACE!]
I asked all my new BF Friends “Did you get everything you wanted for Christmas?” And all said “Yes” &/or “More than I needed”. I proclaimed this as well… including my “wish list”. So I heard all around me as I left from their sight… laughter & joy, no more cuss words or fight.”
And it all started with…
“How’s the darkness going to see the Light
if the Light doesn’t show up?”
If He sends us,
there’s a Light at the end of the tunnel,
& we’ve got nowhere to go but UP!
Despite the Black in Friday ~
We know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. [Romans 8:28]
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; 15 nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light shine before men [mankind] in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
“Thank You Lord” for turning the Light on!
I challenge my Christian siblings with this… Let’s put the True Reason for the “Season’s Greetings” back where it belongs, and take up His Light~ and ‘put it where the light don’t shine’!
“THANK YOU LORD” for Thee Gift that keeps on giving!