Lessons from the Sunrise

The other day I woke up early and went outside to watch the sunrise.  It was so peaceful sitting there talking with “Papa”.  Such beauty He has made all around us, revealing himself to us in so many ways!  I was struck once again with the truth of how light dispels darkness as I watched the sun’s rays slowly drive the clouds of night away.   The sun eventually showed itself!  All the clouds gradually disappeared.  In the same way, Jesus the “Son” is able to break through the darkness that surrounds us (and our child)!   The brightness of God’s Presence penetrates the darkness and brings His light. What was once black becomes lighter – the sky very slowly turned grey, gradually lightening until finally the blue skies broke through.  Clouds parted, seemed to evaporate, vanishing right before my eyes.  Sometimes other colors could be seen – pink, lavender, other shades of blue.

I had to wait patiently and trust that morning’s light would come.  And it did.  It may be night – the blackest of nights – in your life right now, but morning IS coming!  Dawn is almost here!  Don’t give up if the night feels long and endless.  Morning WILL come.
WAIT FOR IT – but I urge you to wait with hope, even though you may not see any reason for it right now!

“Wait (trust, hope, have faith in) for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”  (Ps. 27:14)

“I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope.”  (Ps. 130:5)

 

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3 thoughts on “Lessons from the Sunrise

  1. I too wait for the Lord in several of life’s issues. He is the One who knows and sees my very issue. He knows when He will come and when He will set things the way He wants them. So I claim that verse along with the one before it. I am confident I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. (27:13). All of creation is waiting. Waiting for their redemption. We all groan yet we that are the Shepherd’s, groan with a true and real Hope which is Christ the Redeemer !

  2. Thank you for your post. Nice to know we are not alone. Where are you from? Would love to hear a little of your story. I have two sons both raised for the Lord who are not serving Him. They are in their 30’s. So your post was helpful for us and encoaraging. God bless you.

    • Hi Michael,
      We live in Orlando and have been in full time Christian ministry for almost 40 years. Some as a pastor and some with Cru (formerly Campus Crusade) and now with Hope for Hurting Parents.
      We have three children and fortunately for us they all live in central FL. We’ve been on a long journey with our middle child (daughter) since late High School. Several issues ranging from self-harm to alcohol and she’s been sexually abused. We knew of no one going through similar things when things were very bad with her. We attended Al-anon and another community support group. They were good but missing the elements of our Christian worldview. We started our own support group about 9 years ago and have developed this ministry over that time. Thanks for commenting. We’re sorry about your sons and prayed for you and your family.