Streams in the Desert
Who among you fears the Lord and obeys the word of his servant? Let him who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the name of the LORD and rely on his God (Isaiah 50.10). What is a believer to do in times of darkness—a darkness of perplexities and confusion— a darkness not of the heart but of the mind? These times of darkness come to a faithful and believing disciple who is walking obediently in the will of God. They come as seasons when he does not know what to do or which way to turn…. Dear believer, does this describe you? What should you do in times of darkness? "Let him trust in the name of the Lord and rely upon his God." Actually, the first thing to do is nothing. There is a saying, "When you're rattled, don't rush." When you find yourself in a spiritual fog, do not run ahead but slow the pace of your life. And if necessary, keep your life's ship anchored or tied to the dock. The right thing is simply to trust God, for while we trust, He can work. Worrying, however, prevents Him from doing anything for us…. Only the peace of God will quiet our minds and put our hearts at rest. We must place our hand in His as a little child and allow Him to lead us into the bright sunshine of His love. He knows the way out of the dense, dark forest, so we may climb into His arms, trusting Him to rescue us by showing us the shortest and most reliable road.
Dr. Pardington in Streams in the Desert Updated edition 1997