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Be Careful How We Walk in Dark Situations

Joanna Ng    Nov 2016

Nowadays, it is quite common to hear people describe their workplaces as an environment of
darkness:

  • when employees are not respected as talented individuals but as disposable resources;

  • when opportunities and rewards are not given based on merits and contributions but on favoritism or privileged relationships;

  • when business goals and motivations are driven by greed;

  • when business results and promotions are built upon exploitation;

  • when plagiarism becomes the norm of working together,

  • when credits are not given where credits are due.
     

Then there may be misogyny, discrimination, intimidation, harassment, oppression, injustice, unfairness, abuse of power, and many other forms. If you have not yet run into one, you are extremely blessed. The reality is, sooner or later, we will find ourselves trapped in one.

How should we respond?
 

Our first instinct is to find a way to escape. This is understandable. But we have been warned
that darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples [Isaiah 60:2].

So where can we run to?


A picture came to me one time as I prayed over a dark situation that I was caught in. It was a
picture of a man walking on a tightrope between two skyscrapers in the dark. I was that person
walking the rope.


I felt the weight of the situation. Each step can lead to consequential outcome.
 

I felt all alone. No matter how much others love me, support me, I am the one on the rope by
myself. I can’t take anyone with me.


I felt trapped. I can’t get off the rope without keeping to walk forward. I cannot go back.
 

Then the Spirit, the light who lives in me through Christ, started to speak to my situation through
this picture:


Look up, then the weight of each step you take on this rope will be lifted off. If you keep the
focus on yourself, you bear the weight upon yourself. Don’t waste time on “What-ifs”. Don’t
look down. Don’t look at your situation. Fix your eyes on Me, always.


To you, you feel like the rope never ends. But the truth is, every rope has a fixed length therefore an end. Soon you will finish walking this rope and arrive at the safe side. In fact, you are not far off from the end. Take heart and remember: These dark situations are light and momentous for you to achieve eternal glory. So be encouraged. While you are still on the rope, for now, fix your eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen.”


You are not alone. Though you can’t see through the darkness, you don’t realize that there are lots of people watching from the background. Like it or not, how you take each step will impact those who are watching, who are cheering you on silently. So be careful how you walk. This dark situation is never about you. It is always about the people seeing Me through you, through each step that you are taking, in this dark situation that you are in.”


“Trap is a lie. In Me you have the freedom that Christ died for you to have. This is a divine appointment. All your days are ordained and written in My book before one of them came to be. You are created to do good works that I prepared in advance for you to do. Don’t put your trust on your skills, your training or your experience. I am the One who will not let your foot slip. I watch over you and will keep you from all harm. I will watch over your coming and going. So keep walking and don’t be afraid. BE STILL & REST IN ME.“