The failure to tarry and watch in times of darkness, stress and difficulty is the single most significant deterrent to man’s happiness and God’s fulfillment on earth. For specific reasons beyond the scope of this post, man has long been afraid of the dark. He dreads the unknown and desperately seeks to clothe the shadows of the future which cast themselves on the present in order to assuage his discomfort and palliate his insecurity.
Acting when the reason for, means and direction of action are unclear is the leading cause of futility and death in the world today. The sad thing is that it is totally unnecessary! Every thing that ever came to be moved through a creative process, a cycle which at one or several points in its unfolding was characterized by darkness, vagueness or impenetrable obscurity. This would not be a problem were there not a now well-established human habit of panicking in the dark.
You need not be afraid of the dark, but I unfortunately cannot say the perfect words, wave a magic wand or snap you out of this irrational fear with a clap of my hands. No one can lift this fear from you; it must be repelled from you from the inside out by virtue of your unwavering trust in beneficence of the light of love. Only perfect love casts out all fear.
I touched on this subject in a post nearly four years ago and I encourage you to take the time to read it once again for additional perspective on this matter. It is an important one, because as I said failure on this point has led to the bulk of human misery through the ages. If you cannot see a clear means of acting, by all means, don’t act! Tarry and watch, breath and listen. Don’t run around in a frenzy, don’t make huge life decisions and don’t abandon what you’ve known to be true when feeling your way around the darkness. Remember that darkness is a natural phase of every creative cycle.
When you tarry and watch you’ll find that pressure quickly builds around you. But caveat lector, this pressure is not building to crush you, it is building in part because of you! Moreover, it is moving toward the birth of a new and wonderful thing! It is mounting because you have not violated the cycle in your heart or mind out of reaction to the unknown. Nothing valuable was ever created without pressure.
The next time you find yourself in darkness, stress or difficulty, mark my words. You will have a choice: cut and run or tarry and watch. Do the former and you will relieve the pressure momentarily, but know that ennui and futility will quickly fill the vacuum of the aborted cycle. Choose the latter and you will be amazed by what starts to happen in and around you.
The choice is yours!