The Light that Comes from Dark

Faith March 20, 2020 By Jennifer Henagar

Like the stars at night, there are things we cannot see about God except in the darkness. What can we learn during these uncertain, dark times? One of my mentors has encouraged me to journal during this historical event for it is certain that we will be telling this story to generations to come. For some, journaling is therapeutic for others it may be a way to document events. Nonetheless, it is healthy to seek out ways to discover what we can learn from this darkness and how we can bring out the light.

During my time journaling, I reflected on the thought that our lives are a mere mist and that we are not meant to be here forever. James 4:14, “Whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.” What we decide to do with that “little time” shapes who we are personally, who we are to those we share our lives with, and who we are to God.

I’ve also reflected on what I should do when the light becomes dim; lean on His everlasting arms. The Bible says in John 8:12, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness but have the light of life.” With Him, even the tiniest flicker of light can cast out an overpowering darkness.

What are some things that you can do to reflect on during these uncertain, dark times? What are some things you can do to bring the light in to overpower the darkness?

As we lean into what this time means for us individually and collectively, the most important leaning that we can do is on our unshakeable faith. You may recall on old hymn, “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms.” Here are a few lines that fit this message well:

"What a blessedness, what a peace is mine, Leaning on the everlasting arms. Safe and secure from all alarms; Oh, how bright the path grows from day to day, Safe and secure from all alarms"

This article was written with the help of Emily Willis, another employee of First United Bank.

By Jennifer Henagar

Director of Financial Well-Being, First United Bank - Durant

Jennifer Henagar has worked in the financial services industry for over 20 years. She is currently the Financial Well-Being Director but has a diverse background in Wealth Management, Human Resources, Organizational Development, Executive & Professional Coaching, and various positions at a Credit Union. 

Jennifer graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Southeastern Oklahoma State University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Texas Woman’s University. She obtained her graduate certificate in Executive and Professional coaching from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2015 and earned her Ramsey Solutions Master Financial Coach designation in 2016. 

Jennifer and her husband Greg live in Atoka County and have five children and two grand-children. For fun, the family enjoys bowfishing and traveling to new places.