Have you heard the saying that it gets darker just before the light comes? Is this what the Bible teaches? Can we be encouraged in the midst of deepening darkness and gloom? We know that the Hebrew day starts at sunset, as light is fleeing. The darkness goes on for hours until the sun comes up.
We know that this world that we live in, started in darkness - formless and void. But God established light in the midst of the darkness.
God has given us light even within the darkness - the moon and stars. These are pinpoints of light by which we navigate. By seeing the position of the stars in the night sky, we can gauge where we are and plot where we need to be and whether or not we are on course.
The darker the sky is, the brighter the stars seem to shine, and countless multitudes more can be seen.
The stars look tiny from our viewpoint on this earth. But in reality they are huge. Though we cannot see it, we know they move around.
Your day - today - has started in the darkness of Parkinson's Disease. Or perhaps it is the darkness of loneliness, financial ruin, a reputation that has been destroyed, a betrayel, a family torn apart, fear of the unknown, or even persecution. You may experience a deepening of the darkness as your day proceeds. But don't be alarmed. You are not alone. Neither are you without the stars that remind you of the goodness to come.
You may be unaware of God's presence with you, Believer, but if you look, you will find stars in your particular darkness that God has placed there for your encouragement. He wants you to know that the dawn is coming. The night is going to break into day for His children. Your stars might be particular people in your life; certain medical advancements that bring you relief; the blessing of children; access to the Word of God, or many many other things. You fill in the blanks.
God can create a beautiful world for you from the darkness you now endure.
Just as the stars in your life may not appear large, know that they are bigger and greater than you can see. There is SO MUCH goodness that God works for you - the Believer - that only faith can see. Without faith (the belief and resulting actions) in God you cannot take hold of the hope He offers.
You can't have belief in what you can't see, you say? Oh yes you can and you do. Can you know the true size of a star as you look from earth? No, not with the naked eye. But we have scientists who have shared knowledge with us about the stars so that we CAN know the truth. Can you see the end of night from your particular spot in life today? No. Not without faith in the God who created the stars above. And that is what I am sharing with you today. I am sharing with you the hope that God has shown me so that you too can see the truth.
Like night flowers, you can bloom in the darkness of PD or whatever your challenge is. The beauty and fragrance of these unique flowers are essential to the life of others, just as you are. Bloom in your darkness today! Spread the fragrant hope that you have in the Creator and Sustainer of all things. For darkness heralds the coming of the light.