‘The way of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn,
which shines ever brighter until the full light of day.’
Proverbs 4:18 NLT
I love the above verse. It provides such wonderful imagery of our life in Christ. The days that I have greeted the first gleam of dawn, have a special place in my heart. There’s something amazing watching the darkness disappear, as light soars from the heavens through the skies.
There is so much we can learn from the covering of darkness at night and dawn’s first light that we can apply to our relationship with God.
The night is often a time where problems seem to escalate in our mind; stresses and worries racing through our thoughts. The darkness can make it feel as though time has stopped still, and there is no light at the end of the tunnel. What felt certain in the day light, can feel confusing in the early hours.
But when dawn arrives, there is such a feeling of lightness, as the blanket of night lifts to reveal the light of a new day, with new possibilities, welcomed in by the chorus of beautiful bird song. Peace covers the skies, as it makes way for hope to be available once again.
‘The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease.
Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.’
Lamentations 3:22-23 NLT
In our spiritual battle, sometimes the feeling of overwhelming darkness can make our troubles feel heavy, and never ending. But just as a day has to come to an end, the night doesn’t last forever either.
The dawning light of hope shines more and more upon our path
God’s everlasting light is always available to us, what do you need His light to reveal to you today?
Even if you are unable to greet a new day at the first gleam of dawn, you can still apply the principles to adjusting your view from darkness to light; from the things that hurt, to focus on what will last forever.
- When troubles feel overwhelming, light a candle and spend time reading God’s Word
- Listen to some soothing worship
- Keep a journal and get into the routine of writing down what is worrying you; often reading it out loud doesn’t seem as bad as it feels trapped in your mind.
- When situations hurt, fix your eyes on the horizon, where the light first appears
- As peace covers the skies greeting a new day, make sure you spend time with the Prince of Peace with a thankful heart for a new day.
- Constantly search for God as He pours His light upon you and your path, and blesses you with His peace.
- As you learn to depend on God more, you will grow in wisdom, joy, and holiness, as He blesses you with His strength to face another day.
Please join me in prayer
Thank You for your unending light of hope that shines upon our path towards home. May we shine brightly for you as we greet each new day with praise upon our lips. Help us to depend on You through everything we go through and never fear the darkness for You have overcome it, may we remember to keep our eyes fixed on you.
In Jesus’ name
Photo: Matt Hunt on an early morning walk with Brinkley
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