II Corinthians 4:6 "For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ."
I was watching an episode of The Waltons and something was said that had spiritual application to me. Olivia was telling Erin that every fall she would place her cactus plant in the dark cellar. Erin replied with "poor plant". Olivia told her not to look at it that way. After a month in the dark there would be flowers on the plant.
That got me thinking how at times God will allow us to spend time in dark places in order that our life might produce flowers. Those dark times are not necessarily pleasant. They can tend to be lonely times but those dark times only last for a period of time. When we come out of them we should have beautiful flowers in our life that show forth the beauty and fragrance of Christ in our lives.
So don't feel sorry for yourself or some other child of God when they dark times come. God has us there to bloom. It is in those dark times that the light of Christ shines the brightest.