Pain is a part of life. Sorrow is not the enemy of joy but its partner. Those of us who have struggled through darkness of our own know this to be true. Hardship can be an incredible teacher. Retrospectively.
In the moment however, these truths are easily forgotten. Sometimes our best attempts to catch the sun leave us in the dark. Regardless of how fast we run light still sets on our horizon.
‘The well’ is a song inspired by Gerald L. Sittser. In His book, ‘A Grace disguised: How the soul grows through loss‘ he reminds us of a beautiful truth.
“The quickest way for anyone to reach the sun and the light of day is not to run west, chasing after the setting sun, but to head east, plunging into the darkness until one comes to the sunrise.”
I am generally one to chase after the sun. This song encourages us to let the light find us while facing the darkness. It is a song that does not resolve. There is no happy ending. No relief. It is honest about the moments that inspired it.
Life is full of light and shade. Pressure and release. Each moment, a part of the whole and valuable in it’s own way. This song was born of struggle. Thats ok.
Sadness is neither bad nor good, it just is. How we face it will determine what we find there.
If, as you read this your horizon is growing dim, be encouraged. You are not alone. There is grace for you here. It might get darker before the morning but don’t lose hope. The sun will find you. Until then, the darkness has treasures of it’s own. Unexpected treasures, but treasures none the less. May your eyes be opened to see the grace disguised.