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It’s difficult to keep showing up when we can’t see clearly what’s going on. And whether these dark nights are a painful disruption or a hopeful anticipation, there remains a loss of certainty we struggle to make sense of.We generally like to understand why things happen.For example, when tragedy strikes we tend to seek some explanation to help us make sense of it all. And sometimes this is truly to understand, while at other times the need for clarity is to restore our sense of control.Either way, it’s hard to rest until we can get our heads around what happened and why.But there are many seasons in which we have no such certainty – seasons in which obscurity rules the day.

We sense something is happening but can’t make sense of it. It’s like trying to put together a puzzle without knowing what image is to emerge.

And this is often frustrating and exciting.

On the one hand, it’s disorientating as we don’t know how to comprehend the events taking place in our life. And this disruption takes us out of our comfort zone.

At the same time, there might be relief in shaking up the status quo and making room for something new and better.

But whatever the case, these dark nights are often difficult to navigate.

And this is where surrender and trust come in.

Even when we don’t see what God is up to in our lives we trust he’s still at work. And we surrender to his goodness – knowing we’re being transformed and invited to participate in his larger story.

This doesn’t mean we stop trying to figure things out, but we also learn to accept the mysteries of life.

Breathe through the dark nights knowing God still guides even when you cannot see.

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Dr. Corey Carlisle

Licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist - providing Christian counseling and soul care to individuals and couples, with a special emphasis on developing the masculine soul. Suwanee, GA 30024

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