Every afternoon, my two kids and I take a nap together. Yes, nap time is still a thing! Just the other day, as we were getting settled, it started to storm. The sky got dark, the wind was blowing, and the thunder was roaring. My kids immediately snuggled up close to me in fear. You see, a couple of years ago, we had a really bad thunderstorm that knocked the power out and they have not forgotten it! Here’s the inside scoop, I may put on a brave face to encourage my kids, but I’m just as terrified of storms (and losing power) as they are! Even though growing up in Honduras meant that I've experienced countless power outages - scheduled ones to save energy and unexpected ones - there’s just something about being in the darkness of an outage that still makes me feel uncertain. It makes me feel limited, and, literally and figuratively, powerless.
During my childhood and teenage years back in Honduras, I also experienced many “personal outages.” You know, those times of pain and brokenness, trauma even, that feel like true darkness. Having a dysfunctional family life and mental health issues, I continuously dealt with rejection, loneliness, anxiety, and depression. It was like my life’s power was knocked out by a thunderstorm that I couldn’t see, and I was left feeling powerless, restricted, and terrified!
Ten plus years and a move across countries later, I still experience electric and personal outages from time to time. Whenever there’s an electric outage at our home nowadays, I immediately check the power company’s app to get more information. Guess what? Their “estimated restoration” time is usually unknown! Just like electric outages, I also still experience personal times of darkness. They’re not as frequent as in my upbringing, but sometimes when I least expect it, they hit like a thunderstorm and knock out my power! Other times I’m just like my kids during our afternoon nap, and the memory and scars of previous outages make me wonder (and worry!) if a new outage is right around the corner!
Here’s the good thing about losing electric power though, I know with certainty that the power company will restore it. I may not know when or how, but I do know that they have the knowledge, resources, and power to do so! Just like we can trust those power companies - made up of imperfect, broken people - can restore our electric power, we can trust that God - who is perfect - can restore our personal outages as well! God certainly has the knowledge of what we truly need, He has all the resources at the palm of His hand, and He has the power and might to deliver us from darkness!
He has done just that in my life! He has restored my "power" time and time again. He has healed my heart with His love and acceptance, and showed me my true worth and identity in Him! I would love to tell you that you will not have any outages in your life when you follow God, but let me remind you of what Jesus told us in John 16:33:
“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth, you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
Jesus tells us in this passage that we “WILL have many trials and sorrows.” We are to expect and anticipate personal outages because pain and brokenness WILL happen in our lives! People will hurt us and we will hurt others. Disasters and tragedies will continue to occur while we’re in this broken world. Thankfully Jesus didn’t stop there! He wasn't like, “Life will be hard, good luck with that on your own!” Instead, He reminds us today that He is indeed more powerful than all of those things. It’s because of His victory on the cross and of who He is that we can “take courage," and “have peace” and hope even in our brokenness!
Today you may be going through some darkness and brokenness. Maybe it’s abuse, loneliness, sickness, broken relationships, unfair treatment, tragedy, or economic hardships. The storms in your life have caused an outage, and right now you may feel powerless, stranded, and out of control. I don’t know what your exact situation looks like, but I do know this: just like the power companies restore our electric power in due time, God is also more than willing and able to meet you in your brokenness today. He’s not surprised or unaware of your outage. He has you right on His radar and He can restore the light back into your life! The “estimated restoration” time may seem “unknown" right now, but let me encourage you today and remind you that you are NOT stuck in darkness forever. Power and light are coming your way, and restoration is certainly possible with God. Take heart, HOPE is coming!
I'm Nat - Honduran American wife and Mami. Christ Follower. Former Web/Mobile Manager turned stay-at-home-mom (SAHM). Sharing my love for Faith, Family, Fashion, and Tech! To learn more about Nat, visit her blog.