Let Suffering Lead to Gentleness, Not Bitterness

As poet and author Wendell Berry wrote in A Timbered Choir, “The seed is in the ground. Now may we rest in hope while darkness does its work” (p. 131). After much tumbling from suffering, we will be enclosed in the cold dark. Wait with gentleness, for even the darkness is not dark to our Lord; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with him (Ps. 139:12). Though we may feel unable to put much effort forward, our God sees in the dark and works even there.

Let Suffering Lead to Gentleness, Not Bitterness, Lara D’Entremont

I started last year’s relaunch of my blog with a quote from Lara. She’s a solid writer. I was going through my unreads in Reeder last week and this article just hit me.

Two lines from the above to point to. I called out Psalm 139 last September. It’s a verse that really comforted me in 2022. Darkness is not dark to our Lord. Even in the dark, He is with us. The second line is “The seed is in the ground. Now may we rest in hope while darkness does its work.” My heart wanted to punch that on first reading. But God uses all things for good. All things. Our Lord gives purpose to even our darkest of times. Rest in hope. Let darkness follow the will of God.

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