Back Light

backlightSometimes I feel like my life is on auto-lock, just like this iPhone screen. You stare at it for information, updates, news and more. With no activity of under a minute, my screen begins to fade and it goes dark. There is no more light. I can’t see a thing.

On the road that I take this seems to be how life functions for me. There is light but with any idle activity quickly there it will fade into darkness and I can’t see a thing. I know that we need the dark for so many reasons. Most importantly, that we really appreciate when we come to the light. Most cases things go dark for a reason–it strengthens us!  That is why the auto-lock is set to preserve the device so that it can last longer.

I came across this devotional today and it was right on point for my current situation. I do know that I have the spirit of perseverance because I am waiting. I just need to learn how to dance on the dark days.  And when the days get darker–strive to conquer. Time to think like a warrior.

Waves of adversity are washing over you, and you feel tempted to give up. As your circumstances consume more and more of your attention, you are losing sight of Me. Yet I am with you always, holding you by your right hand. I am fully aware of your situation, and I will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able to bear.
Your gravest danger is worrying about tomorrow. If you try to carry tomorrow’s burdens today, you will stagger under the load and eventually fall flat. You must discipline yourself to live within the boundaries of today. It is in the present moment that I walk close to you, helping you carry your burdens. Keep your focus on My Presence in the present.
“No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.”  1 CORINTHIANS 10: 13
“Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young  

I feel those waves of adversity–and when I do the waves of tears become uncontrollable. The pangs of pain that I feel in every bone in my body shake the life out of me. Yet the times of night watch prayer are increased. This is where I become still in His presence. This is only a light affliction that will pass by. There is too much to fight for and enough Word in me to see me through. In the back light of these days I will find the One that sustains me.

About Christina

Blessings to all that are viewing this. My name is Christina Cruz-Mendez. I am a Senior Pastor at Mission United International Church in Yonkers, NY working along side my husband Juan A. Mendez Jr. Senior Pastor, currently residing in Canton, Georgia. We have been together for 29 years with 2 children that God has blessed us with. Makes us the family of four - "JusChrist4". I have been a Christian and active in ministry for about 22 years now. Through all the rocky and smooth roads in life I am eternally grateful that God has brought me this far in life to share with the world what He is doing in me, through me and for me. View all posts by Christina

2 responses to “Back Light

  • Yaritza Perez



  • Victorious Vee

    Where’s the love button? WordPress needs to step it up 😀

    This piece speaks to the corazon!! God constantly reminds us that our pain is never in vain, psalm 119:71 has become my mantra :/ “It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutes.” our afflictions are for good, for us to learn and be built up, in Him. Love this piece! “Time to think like a warrior!” I concur.


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