Life Out of Darkness

By Kathi Pelton

Often the greatest growth and spiritual preparations happen in dark and hidden seasons of life. I have learned not to be quick to dismiss those season where people feel isolated, set aside, and even forgotten. Most of our most significant growth comes during those difficult seasons.

I remember a time that the Lord took me into a beautiful vision— in this vision He was holding a tulip bulb. There was nothing attractive about this bulb and yet the Lord was enamored by it, for He could see beyond the the outer covering or form. He reached down into a patch of dark, rich soil and dug a hole; carefully He placed the bulb into the depth of the fertile soil. He covered the bulb until it was fully concealed and hidden.

Then I was taken underground where the bulb had been buried and I could see that the Spirit of the Lord was there with this bulb. I saw beyond the outer layer and there was great life and growth happening within it, just like within the womb of a pregnant woman. Though no eye could see this bulb and it appeared forgotten, the Lord was still enamored by it and what He had created within it. I saw Him spending time with it in this hidden and secret place (underground) and He was teaching it, feeding it, growing it, shaping it, and loving it. As He nurtured this bulb its roots began to go deep and then I saw a green shoot of life emerge from the top of it. Then I saw the Lord wrap Himself around this buried bulb like a garment of light. As He did this it suddenly burst forth from underground and quickly grew into the most radiant tulip I’d ever seen. Everyone who passed by would stop to look upon the beauty that it now displayed. Little did they know what had happened in the hidden place, the dark place underground to create such beauty.

Yet, in the midst of the beauty that was being displayed, God was still focused and enamored by the bulb that remained hidden in the secret place. He knew that the beauty above ground would come and go throughout different seasons and the attention of the “onlookers” would also come and go. The true life would always be in the hidden place where seed (bulb), the roots and the nurturing of a loving God was experienced. The manifestation that could be seen above ground was temporary; it would flower then it would fade; but the deep place was eternal and would never lose His love and attention.

What an amazing picture of our lives in Christ. We are truly formed in the hidden and secret place where no man can see. Just as we were hidden and formed in our mother’s womb, we are also hidden and formed in the spiritual womb of the secret place where no one else can see. God is far less enamored by the fruit—or flower—that draws the attention of man; He is overwhelmed by the beauty of the inward places where His Spirit dwells. It is there that life and light causes the flowering of our character and the fruitfulness of our surrender.

Do not despise the day of small beginnings (Zechariah 4:10)!

Who I am today and who you are was and continues to be formed in deep (and sometime dark) places. We often wrestled against this work in the hidden places of our hearts and in seasons of darkness until we remember that God is there with us. As we learn to surrender to Him, our roots will go deep and we experience Him being wrapped around us like that garment of light that will forever transform us.

You are still being formed in the hidden place. This will never stop. You will flower again with a greater understanding that the true beauty and power is coming out of the hidden depths of personal transformation. It is formed within the realm of the unseen place where trust, faith, and the inward parts are being transformed into His image.

Surrender to His love and to the place where “Christ in you” is formed. When He is formed in you His love will dwell within you no matter the season of life. Intimacy will become a part of your roots and your flower. Allow the “secret and hidden place” with Jesus to transform you— to put within you His love and His character— for this is where fruitfulness is created.

“To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Colossians 1:27


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3 responses to “Life Out of Darkness”

  1. Jennifer Casey Avatar
    Jennifer Casey

    Kathi, this word speaks to me. Thank you for writing and sharing this today. Much appreciated.



    1. Such an honor to know that this spoke to you! Blessings!


  2. “Therefore, behold, I will allure her
    and lead her to the wilderness,
    and speak to her tenderly.

    There I will give back her vineyards
    and make the Valley of Achor (affliction)
    into a gateway of hope.

    There she will respond as she did
    in the days of her youth,
    as in the day she came up out of Egypt.

    In that day,”
    declares the LORD,

    “you will call Me ‘my Husband,’
    and no longer call Me ‘my Master.’
    For I will remove from her lips the names of the Baals;
    no longer will their names be invoked.

    On that day I will make a covenant for them
    with the beasts of the field and the birds of the air
    and the creatures that crawl on the ground.

    And I will abolish bow and sword
    and weapons of war in the land,
    and will make them lie down in safety.

    So I will betroth you to Me forever;
    I will betroth you in righteousness and justice,
    in loving devotiong and compassion.

    And I will betroth you in faithfulness,
    and you will know the LORD.”

    “On that day I will respond—”
    declares the LORD—

    “I will respond to the heavens,
    and they will respond to the earth.
    And the earth will respond to the grain,
    to the new wine and oil,
    and they will respond to Jezreel (God plants)

    And I will sow her as My own in the land,
    and I will have compassion on ‘No Compassion.’
    I will say to those called ‘Not My People,’
    ‘You are My people,’
    and they will say,
    ‘You are my God.’ ”
    Hosea 2:14-23


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