Darkest before the dawn?

My friend, may I ask you a question? Life is often a matter of prayer and wait. We long for outcomes that we trust will be coming but have little idea when or how. Looking to the Lord in hope and forced to wait, does it always seem darkest before the dawn?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.

When things went bad and all hope was gone, my Dad would always say: “It’s always darkest before the dawn!” As a kid that never made much sense to me. In fact, there were those times during my summer vacation days when I would get up before the sun to go fishing. Riding down to the quarry where we’d fish on most summer fishing forays, I can still remember looking up to the eastern horizon with my Dad’s axiom in mind. I’d watch the sun come up and never really noticed that it was somehow darker just prior to sunrise. In fact, the opposite seemed to be true. Things got pretty bright to the east long before the sun poked out above the horizon. I had to ask about that one and, he explained to me one day, it had everything to do with hope and little to do with the sun. Now I got it. Since we knew that the sun was about to come up, we were even more anxious to see it. That’s why it seemed darker.

Life is often like that as well. We long for outcomes that we trust will be coming but have little idea when or how. We look to the Lord in hope and and are forced to wait.

Here’s a story: In December 1950, the North Korean Army was pushing south. Lieutenant Colonel Russell Blaisdell was an Air Force chaplain stationed in Seoul. As people in the city fled, the chaplain's concern turned to 1,000 children in an orphanage. Blaisdell prayed in desperation for days, but no answer came. Then on December 19, after five days without food or sleep, he raced to Air Force Headquarters at Kimpo Air Base and met with Colonel T.C. Rogers. Rogers said: “We have an Air National Guard wing of 16 C-54s that has just arrived in Japan without an assignment. How soon can you get those children ready?” Blaisdell replied: “Right away,” not knowing how he would transport the 1000 children over the twenty miles to the airfield. But Blaisdell continued to pray that God would provide. Four U.S. Marine trucks suddenly were made available to him that same afternoon and the children were flown to safety. (Peter Kennedy, © 2003)

It’s during the most difficult times, those darker times, that we are to endure hardship so the Lord can show Himself strong. Our God is a god who answers prayer during the most difficult times. He does this so that we might be strengthened in His grace; that we might be aware of hardship as a time to buckle down and not lose hope. When we are pitched into darkness we know, as Christians, that there will always be a dawn; a time when our merciful Father in Heaven will part the sorrow and bless us with His love. Today, if darkness presses on you, look for the light of God’s love. When things are darkest, be assured that the light of his love is just around the corner. “It’s always darkest before the dawn.”

We pray. Heavenly Father, the safe light falls, heralding a new day. The warm blush carries your everlasting promise. I soak in the grace you give at the dawn of each morning. With the sun, hope also rises to cast light into the darkness. Sweet songs flow from skies emerging in the hazy glow. Sounds of comfort that lead us to wonder again at the beauty all around. In Jesus name we pray. In Jesus name we pray. Amen! (https://www.living-prayers.com/events/dawn_prayer.html–adapted)

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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