Out of the Storm, Into the Light
You will lift up your face without shame,
You will firmly stand with no fear inside,
You will surely forget your troubles and pain.
Recalling them only as waters gone by,
You’ll be secure for there is hope.
And you will safely take your rest.
You will lie down.
With no one to make you afraid.
This painting was painted during a time of test and storm. A time when I went through betrayal by a friend. Someone trusted and beloved. My soul was pierced and stripped.
But, in end, the storm passed and I alive and better. A few more wounds, but wiser and older. No storm is good or pleasant at the time, but after every storm, there is a calm.
David puts his experience in great poetic language in Psalms. He knew what it was like to be betrayed and abused. To have a dear friend become an enemy that hates and curses you blames you and defiles you.
...”Listen to me and answer me; I am restless and distraught in my complaint and distracted Because of the voice of the enemy, Because of the pressure of the wicked; For they bring down trouble on me, And in anger they persecute me.
My heart is in agony within me, And the terrors of death have fallen upon me. Fear and trembling have come upon me; Horror has overwhelmed me.
And I say, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest. “I would wander far away, I would lodge in the [peace of the] wilderness. “I would hurry to my refuge [my tranquil shelter far away] From the stormy wind and from the tempest.”
Confuse [my enemies], divide their tongues [destroying their schemes], For I have seen violence and strife in this *day (*my words). Day and night they go around her walls; Wickedness and mischief are in her midst.
Destruction is within her; Oppression and deceit do not depart from her streets and market places.
For it is not an enemy who taunts me– Then I could bear it; Nor is it one who has hated me who insolently exalts himself against me– Then I could hide from him. But it is you, a **friend (**my words) my equal and my counsel, My companion, and my familiar friend; We who had sweet fellowship together, Who walked to the house of God in the company.
For evil [of every kind] is in their dwelling and in their hearts, in their midst.
As for me, I shall call upon God, And the Lord will save me. He has redeemed my life in peace from the battle that was against me, For there were many against me. God will hear and humble them, Even He who sits enthroned from old.
Because in them there has been no change [of heart], And they do not fear God [at all].
My companion has put out hands against those who were at peace with *him, (*me); He has broken his covenant [of friendship and loyalty]. The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, But his heart was hostile; His words were softer than oil, Yet they were drawn swords.
Cast your burden on the Lord [release it] and He will sustain and uphold you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken (slip, fall, fail).
But You, O God, will bring down the wicked to the pit of destruction; Men of blood and treachery will not live out half their days. But I will [boldly and unwaveringly] trust in You.”
(PSALMS 55:2-16, 18-23 AMP https://bible.com/bible/1588/psa.55.2-23.AMP)
On a personal note: God came through for me. I am here and my “foes” not. I did not fight them. I did not speak against them in public. I did nothing to harm them in any way. My anger and my tears spent in quiet at the feet of God. Only against God did I rage…and he listened quietly.
Yet one year later they (including my lost friend) were gone, and I am still here.
What did I learn? God is faithful.
The storm has passed… The light shines again.