A Pinprick in the Bleak

pinprick of light

“Hope is a revolutionary patience… Hope begins in the dark, knowing that the dawn will come.” Anne Lamott

No clock or calendar can tell whether we’re at the beginning, the middle, or near the end of any bleak experience. Unlike the obsidian darkness, which arrived all at once, after six months or so the light at the end of the tunnel appeared as a pinprick in the bleakness, and increased in size at a pace proportionate to the Lord’s timing and my willing.

Oswald Chambers said: “The clouds are but the dust of our Father’s feet. They are signs that he is there. Sorrow and bereavement and suffering are the clouds that come along with God.” I began trying to believe it.


– Originally published in The Other End of the Dark: A Memoir About Divorce, Cancer, and Things God Does Anyway (the profits of which go to Freedom House).

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