I couldn’t sleep. I decided to get up to make a trip to the bathroom and then get a drink of water, which is kind of defeating at my age because you just end up back in there again after a few hours. Anyways, as I returned to bed I decided to check my emails, maybe there was something needing my attention at this early hour of the morning. It’s amazing at how social media has changed our lives, even in the middle of the night someone is awake across the world and is already sharing their morning activity. I reach for my iphone and push the on button. Now, you should know that if you have come from a dark state of rest and suddenly have a bright light shine in your face that you will see dancing dots! I then fell backwards, missing my pillow and hit the headboard full force. Talk about pain! I laid there rubbing my head and trying to adjust to the light. Why didn’t I adjust the brightness on my phone before I went to bed? This would have prevented my hard knot and temporary blindness.
I believe the Lord was having a great laugh on me because I thought I heard him telling me, “And have you ever ordered Morning, ‘Get up!’ told Dawn, ‘Get to work!’ So you could seize Earth like a blanket and shake out the wicked cockroaches?” (Job 38: 12-14 MSG) I said, well if that isn’t a “Good Morning!” wake up call.
Seriously though, I reflected upon how the sudden light was too bright for me coming from a state of darkness. When we are walking in darkness or wrapped up in our problems, we can’t see the light. Job 30, verse 24-31 states, “I expected good but evil showed up. I looked for light but darkness fell…each day confronts me with more suffering. I walk under a black cloud. The sun is gone .. ” Pretty bleak sounding, huh? Yes, I have been there. Feels like you are alone, friendless and forgotten. Darkness is your cloak of safety.
It is a fact, the sun rises every morning from the east. God set this in order and it will continue until the end of man’s time on earth. God spoke: Lights! Come out! Shine in Heaven’s sky! Separate Day from Night. Mark seasons and days and years, Lights in Heaven’s sky to give light to Earth. And there it was. (Genesis 1:14-15 MSG) And just as surely as the sun rises, he will rise up to meet you when you call unto him out of the darkness. And what a glorious King it is that comes to your rescue! Picture this: “God, my God, how great you are! Beautifully, gloriously robed, dressed up in sunshine, and all heaven stretched out for your tent. (Psalm 104: 1-2 MSG). This is the Dawn!
Reflecting back upon my sudden wake-up call from darkness, I understood why it is that God slowly brings the sun up each day. If he were to bring it up suddenly, it would blind us and cause us much pain. We cannot take the power of pure light all at once. It is like recovering from the flu, we have to sip on soup before we can return to eating meat. So it is, my friend, he does hear us cry to him from the darkness, but he must rise upon us at a slow pace.
When you feel like all is dark around you, talk to God. He does listen and will work upon your request immediately. Remember that your answer is beginning to rise and will slowly come to light as time moves forward. “Therefore wait for me,” declares the Lord, “for the day when I rise up to seize the prey (the darkness that surrounds you)…” (Zephaniah 3:8 ESV)