What present darkness are you in? What loss or sorrow has darkened your doorstep?
Be it unemployment, financial hardship, sickness, wayward children, or loneliness you may have begun to feel as if you are living in very dark times. But perhaps you are not really in the "dark" at all. Perhaps you are only in the "shade". Psalm 121:5 says 'The Lord is your keeper, the Lord is your shade at your right hand.'
Because it's hard to understand or make sense of what is going on in your life in the midst of struggle it is easy to assume that God is far from you and has left you in the dark to muddle through on your own. What may not be evident is the work God is doing in your heart and life. The Psalms are overflowing with promises of God's ever present love, protection, and provision.
Dark times may be resting places in your walk with the Lord. He may be calling you to 'rest in the shadow of His wings' (Psalm 36:7) while He realigns the broken pieces of your life. Dark places need not be frightening places. They may very well be places of rest, peace, and shelter while our Lord is working out His perfect will. He will provide all you have need of as you wait for Him. He is fully aware of your difficulties and heartache.
'The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul. The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth and even forevermore', says Psalm 121:6-8. REST in God's shade, let His promises refresh and calm you. He will bring brighter days even in dark times.