I’ll be honest. I really did not want to move to northwestern Minnesota 12 years ago. I told God I wanted to go somewhere warmer and sunnier and hillier (I’m still telling Him!). I knew I already struggled with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and the long, dark, cold winters of northern Minnesota can take a toll on even the hardiest of souls.
The week before we moved here, I was still really struggling with the decision and God spoke to me. Sometimes God speaks to you through His Word. Sometimes God speaks to you through a friend. Sometimes God speaks to you through a still small voice. And sometimes God just speaks to me in the bathroom through National Geographic.
I read an article about some of the bustling towns of Siberia. The article focused on the young adults and the night life in, yes, Siberia. (Who knew?) It talked about the tremendous night clubs (in, yes, Siberia) and people would endure three feet of snow, 40 below temps and 20 hours of darkness to go out to these clubs and party until 4 a.m. And I thought to myself, if they can have a happening social scene in Siberia, I can go to northwest Minnesota (which, it turns out, does not have a happening social scene).
But God did also speak to me through this verse:
“…but even in darkness I cannot hide from you. To you the night shines as bright as day. Darkness and light are the same to you.” (Psalm 139:12)
Yes, even in the frozen tundra of northwestern Minnesota, I cannot hide from God.
Even in the coldest darkest winters, God is there.
Even in the midst of all the crap that’s going on in your life, He sees you.
Even in the depths of your despair and agony of your suffering, He hears your cries.
He sees you. He hears you. He is there. And He cares.
If God seems absent right now, then cling to this promise of Jesus:
“Keep on seeking and you will find” (Matthew 7:7).
Don’t give up! Continue through the darkness.