"And it came to pass that the Lamanites could not flee because of the cloud of darkness which did overshadow them; yea, and also they were immovable because of the fear which did come upon them."
This is part of a very interesting story about prophets being thrown in jail and the amazing conversion of the prisoners. I think this verse is something that we all go through at some point in our lives... we can't see well enough to run in the darkness, and we're too scared to move anyway. whether they are physical, mental, or spiritual, the darkness and fear are palpable, and difficult to encounter. It's hard to think or communicate, and frightening to attempt almost anything in the darkness. Happily, darkness and fear are never a permanent state. In this chapter, the prisoners ask a pertinent question: "what shall we do, that this cloud of darkness may be removed from overshadowing us?" And the answer is there for us as well, when we are able to ask the question. There is no darkness so deep that God's light cannot penetrate... no soul so lost that God cannot find... no situation so hopeless that God cannot save. :) So, today... in whatever personal darknesses we find yourself in, let's remember that they will pass... and if we have a chance, let's ask God what we can do to help ourselves get out from under the cloud. :)