Tammuz is the fourth month of the Hebrew spiritual year.
"This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all." 1 John 1:5
The Hebrew month of Sivan, June 23 - July 21, 2020
How often do we quickly regressed to old ways? Even after the "high" of a victory, our natural inclination is to regress to what is familiar. In Tammuz, God is using our shortcomings to grow our sight and help us see in the dark. God plants healing tools inside our hardships so that when we fall, we have access to the keys of repair.
God is continually renewing you and causing you to grow, but the process is painful and dark. God is light, and in Him there is no darkness. More light means more good; and more good means more light. The implications of this reality are profound. It means that in suffering you are encountering God at a level of depth and intimacy that is beyond all previous experience. Before this painful circumstance you're going through, you were too small to receive and perceive a new increment of good. You have to stretch beyond yourself to accommodate the new light, which is forcing its way in. The process is painful. The dilation hurts. It might look like everything is only darkness. But in retrospect, when the work is done and the growth integrated, this current pain takes on a different meaning. It gets reframed, and from this new perspective, it is even perceived as a blessing in disguise. When hidden good finally becomes visible as revealed good, it is called a blessing in disguise.
Depending upon the magnitude of the suffering, this process can take days, years, and even a lifetime. Yet we will eventually grow into our suffering, and on that day, every cell in our body will thank God for the wondrous and precious gifts that were the underside of our pain. Though battle-weary, we will have newfound treasures in our grasp. Concealed good (i.e., suffering and its pangs of growth) has become revealed good (i.e., the peace and quiet joy that accompanies actualized potential and expanded relationship with God). The pain slowly eases, while the treasure of light remains as a permanent resource in one’s life and soul.
This is how we learn to see in the dark. Through our stumbling and our suffering God trains us to see the good that hides in the ordeals and dark pits of our life. He sensitizes our retina to even minute concentrations of hidden good. It is easy to see God in the dramatic miracles, but it is a whole other level of maturity to see God in the darkness. Pray for a repair to your vision that would force you to develop the priceless capacity to see in the dark. Let us learn to see in the dark, so that even the slightest sliver of good becomes visible to our heart/mind and gives us the strength to rise and shine and turn darkness into light.