How to Cling to Enduring Faith Especially While It’s Dark

Enduring Faith is often required in the fires of trial

by Nan Jones

I tugged on my robe, snuggling beneath its warmth on a cold January day. Grabbing my Bible and a warm cup of coffee, I settled on the couch near the window. From there I can watch as the earth wakes from its slumber, inspiring me to do the same–inspiring me to cling to enduring faith when life is hard.

I flipped to the book of John, longing for the reminder of the Lord’s great victory over sin and death, yearning for the remembrance of how there had to be a crucifixion before there could be a resurrection–how victory most certainly will come from the fires of trial, but enduring faith is required. We must learn to see our difficult places through the lens of eternity.

How Does Enduring Faith Look?

John 20:1 reads, “Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb.”

While. It. Was. Still. Dark.

what enduring faith looks likeMary’s world had turned upside down. Jesus- the One in whom she had believed–was dead. How could it be? She had trusted Him. She had believed all that He had told her and now He was dead.

Most of us are familiar with this passage of Scripture, but, like me, have you ever noticed when Mary sought the Lord? She came to Him “while it was still dark.”

And in the darkness, Mary discovered Jesus was alive.

I’m learning to seek the Lord even while it’s dark. The dark clouds of difficulty shroud my life right now as I care for my husband who suffers from frontotemporal dementia. I don’t know what my future holds. Fear and anxiety lurk around every bend in the road. My thoughts torment me with what-ifs.

But still, I seek Him. Even while it’s still dark . . . especially while it’s dark.

It seems as if the dark places are where we find the most remarkable miracles. In the dark places, the Lord rolls away the stone so we can behold our miracle–the miracle of His resurrection power in our difficult places. His restoration. His provision. His tender care.

But we must seek Him to find Him.

Enduring Faith Seeks Hard after the Lord, Especially When It’s Dark

We must remain loyal to Him even when it’s dark because that’s what faith is all about. Faith is the evidence of things not seen. Faith is the stone rolled away to reveal the trustworthiness of God.

Faith is knowing that the darkness I’m in is the shadow of His Presence because He loves me and draws near to those who are crushed in spirit.

His shadow. A safe haven of love.

Yes, Lord, I will seek You while it’s still dark.


Nan Jones

Nan Jones is an author/speaker who uses the words of her heart to assist fellow Christians in discovering the Presence of God in their darkest hour. She has been published in several anthologies as well as the online inspirational sites Christian Devotions, and Inspire a Fire where she is a monthly contributor. She is also a monthly contributor to PW Connections, a blog and forum to encourage pastors' wives. Nan has had the honor of being featured as a guest blogger on several sites. She is thrilled to announce her debut book, The Perils of a Pastor's Wife released June 30, 2015 by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. This memoir was a 2016 Selah finalist. When Nan isn't writing, she enjoys leading prayer retreats, bible studies or sharing God’s love as keynote speaker for special events. She is becoming known by her brand: "Even so, I walk in the Presence of the Lord" as she teaches her audience to go beyond the veil to find God's Presence. You may visit Nan at her website: Nan has also created a facebook community page, Seeing Beyond The Veil, to provide a place for folks to go and get away from the chaos for a few moments and focus on Jesus through scripture, worship, testimony, and inspirational quotes. For personal communication you may email Nan at The Perils of a Pastor's Wife is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and LPC Bookstore

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  1. “Faith is knowing that the darkness I’m in is the shadow of His Presence because He loves me and draws near to those who are crushed in spirit.” This spoke to my heart so powerfully. I know and believe it’s truth but I have struggled in the past 3 years and have not held as fast to this hope as I should have. I’m working my way back and am confident He meets me and walks with me every step.

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