All New Things Begin in Darkness: Transitioning Through Your Dark Night–Personal Poetic Responses–Part 3

“All things new begin in darkness,” so says John Paul Jackson.
 

What follows is another  excerpt from the prophetic word entitled All New Things Begin in Darkness: Transitioning Through Your Dark Night posted as an e-letter by John Paul Jackson, interspersed with original poetry at strategic points, as I read the words of exhortation. This is Part 3 of the message which is being posted over the next few days. Click here to view the message without the poetic inserts:

http://www.streamsministries.com/index.php?cat_id=32&page_id=141

 January 21—Part 3

The First Sign of Healing


At some point in all three phases, you finally realize that what you have self-justified (the thing you’ve been trying to hold onto) is actually hindering your destiny, and with this realization, there is often a sense of failure or sorrow or both.

But even here, do not give up hope, because this sense of failure is actually the initial sign of healing: You are on your way out. You have allowed God to remove the blinders, and as He does so, the first tendrils of light become visible again.

 The reference to removing the blinders reminds me of this poem entitled “Blinded Eyes”: 

Blinded Eyes

And their eyes were opened, and they knew him;

and he vanished out of their sight. And they said one to another,

Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked

with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?

Luke 24:31-32

 

On the road to Emmaus, as Christ walked with them,

He opened the Scriptures and the hearts of the two

On their journey seven miles from Jerusalem.

So walk with me, Lord, for your Word alone is true.

On the road to Damascus, one Saul was struck blind.

Thickened scales covered his eyes so he could not see,

But God opened his eyes, reconfigured his mind.

Like Paul, may I see the riches of Christ in me.

Open my understanding and flood it with light.

Widen my comprehension that I also may

Realize that I must first of all lose my sight

And then be washed in the Pool of Siloam each day.

Strike me blind, then open and heal these blinded eyes,

That I may see with new sight and be truly wise.

The closing lines of this poem bring to mind the request spoken in the familiar hymn, “Open My Eyes”:

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=ZYjr9CsqHvQ

Immediately after this point of despair, everything changes. Here you see the light at the end of the long tunnel. You have hope for a better life, and it is soooooo refreshing. Though you know the rest of the tunnel still lies ahead of you, you see the light at the end, and you know you will make it, even though, up until this point, you were pretty sure you wouldn’t.
So many of us are walking blindly today, because God sees where we’re heading, but we do not. As this is the eighth month already, no doubt you’re aware that transition means things are changing. You can’t get away with the things you got away with before; your Father has asked you to come up higher. He may have asked you to give up the “good” thing in order to give you the best. Times are dark. The way is hidden.

Many times we pray, and God does not answer our prayer in the expected manner, as I express in “We Pray—God Answers.”

 We Pray—God Answers

Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray,

believe that you receive them, and you will have them.

Mark 11:24

We pray, asking to receive and seeking to find.

If we knock, the door shall be opened all our days,

For God answers prayer in one of three sovereign ways:

Sometimes we pray and find that the answer is “yes.

In Christ each promise is “yes” and “amen”,

For God is not a man that He should lie.

He has already spoken—What shall we say then

But give thanks, for when we call Him, He hears each cry.

Other times we find that the answer is “not yet.”

 We need more patience so that after we have done

All the will of God, as sons we might be instilled

With confident assurance given to each one,

 Set as an empty vessel, yet to be fulfilled.

Or God may say, “I have something better in mind.”

Before we abandon hope, feeling left behind,

Though it may seem we cannot pass another test,

But if we stop and think a moment, we will find

God, our all-wise Father, really knows what is best.

The renowned folk artist and minister, Elijah Pierce, completed this painted bas relief woodcarving entitled “The Power of Prayer” in 1960. It is from the private collection courtesy of Keny Galleries, Columbus, Ohio.

A woodcarving depicting the Power of Prayer with Faith as the key that unlocks the doors to God and His Son Jesus Christ.

A woodcarving depicting the Power of Prayer with Faith as the key that unlocks the doors to God and His Son Jesus Christ.

John Starnes offers a powerful rendition of “Prayer is the Key to Heaven” to sum up this section of  All New Things Begin in Darkness: Transitioning Through Your Dark Night by John Paul Jackson with personal poetic responses:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xomn5SMDSlw

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2 Responses to “All New Things Begin in Darkness: Transitioning Through Your Dark Night–Personal Poetic Responses–Part 3”

  1. Linda Says:

    I am looking for Dark Night of the Soul, Book 2, Chapters 7 thru 9.
    Can you direct me to this?
    Someone wrote me telling me to read this.
    God bless you and thank you for assisting me on this.
    Linda

    • Dr. J Says:

      Hi Linda,

      Dark Night of the Soul is written by St. John of the Cross and is a well-known Roman Catholic work. You should be able to access a copy at this website:

      http://www.archive.org/details/DNight

      Thanks for stopping by Dr. J’s Apothecary Shoppe. I trust you were blessed by what you read.

      God bless,

      Dr. J (Lonnell Johnson)

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