And I will give you treasures hidden in the darkness — secret riches. I will do this so you may know that I am the LORD, the God of Israel, the one who calls you by name.” Isaiah 45:3 (NLT)
I read this in one of my devotions the other day and was captivated by the thought of hidden treasures. Hidden treasures in the darkness. Sometimes we think of darkness as being not good and even evil, my dad used to say “nothing good happens after midnight”as a warning to be at home on time for our curfew. But God has hidden treasures in the darkness. And I have been thinking about this since I read it, and have found that perhaps we should embrace the darkness, the cloud of God , the araphel, and be at peace in the darkness.
Yesterday started with a text from the youngest, Hey mom I at the ER, don’t cry. But I did for a little bit, then I sent out a few emails and texts to the siblings of the youngest and to my Women’s book club and got dressed and off to the ER I went. I got there around 10, the youngest had been moved to the psyche section and was in the gown, pacing, looking exhausted. I got him to lie down , turned off those awful fluorescent lights and he went to sleep. A sound deep sleep. Two hours( and much prayer) later, he was awakened for a blood draw, stated no voices, and that he was “feeling really well” . Praise to the Lord who heals. Then he said “it was just a blip”!!!
Yes, it was a blip,yes there will be other blips, yes it is hard when the blips occur and you can’t see in the darkness,but look for the hidden treasure and you will see it. First, the youngest was able to reach out and get the help he needed when he needed it, second the doctors and nurses listened when he spoke and were receptive to what he was saying, third sometimes you just need a good nap.
This journey is not over, there are follow-up appointments and decisions to be made about medications, and his vocational rehab to follow-up with but wow the priceless treasures makes me just sit and be in awe of the Lord who heals, who works in the darkness and reveals those hidden treasures and we have to be alert and see them because sometimes we get lost in the darkness and can only see darkness, but He has promised never to leave nor forsake, and to fear not and I have seen some hidden treasures .
So my prayer for today is one again of thankfulness, thankful for the ER staff, thankful for the staff at his Vocational Rehab place, thankful for his Doctor who is responsive to my emails, thankful for the Lord who continues to be in all things, over all things and through all things, especially in the darkness, in the time of unknowing, in the times when it seems like things will never get better and then boom a nap and better happens. Still amazed, still thankful, still blessed AMEN