For the one who finds me finds life and receives favour from the Lord. (Proverbs 8:35 NET)
I don't like Winter. I'm a sunshine person and thrive in the light and heat. The winter is long, cold and dark. But I've noticed that no matter how long the winter seems to last - and every year it seems to last longer- sooner or later Spring always arrives. The snowdrops appear, then the crocuses, then the daffodils and by the time the tulips begin to push through, the cold is receding the daylight gets longer. It begins to get warmer, our heavy winter coats are put away and life seems to return.
Sometimes our spiritual life can feel like that too. There are times when God allows the warmth of His presence to be veiled from us. It feels dark and cold. God uses this time to draw us into a deeper place with Him, where we love Him for who He is and not because of the warmth of His presence. In that place of seemingly great darkness, we don't find His presence, we find HIM.
But no matter how long the darkness may last, the Light and Warmth and Wonder of His presence shall return.....this is as sure as the spring always follows a long dark winter....darkness must give way to Light. If you are going through a time of darkness, take heart. The warmth and light of His presence shall shine on you again. But in the meantime use the time of darkness to find not His presence or light but to find HIM.