It’s Just the Dark, Before the Morning

Who we become and what we appreciate

come from our darkest days

Those words were scribbled at the top of the page. I recognize the writing as my own. There’s no date attached, seeming to remain timeless words of hope and strength. Suspended there above a story that I cherish dearly, only four short chapters but one full of grief, loss, bitterness, hope, and renewed joy.

I don’t see those last two in the midst of the first three. All I see is darkness and hurt, doubt and often times, fear. We fear the unknown when in the midst of our days that seem to be filled with more questions than answers. The questions, we feel like shouting at God, Who seems a bit too quiet for our liking.

Seeing those words scribbled at the top of the page remind me, in the midst, I am becoming who He means me to be. I am learning to appreciate things, people, situations and especially Him in a way I would not be able to do otherwise. While it’s easy to sit on this side of a dark day, as the sun fills the windows I know there will be days ahead that will make my heart ache for light.

DSCN0613Maybe that’s where you are on this Monday, aching for the breaking of the day. Know there is hope and joy in your story, the sun will break from this dark night and you will find yourself one hard step closer to who you are to become. If you are full of sun in your eyes and heart today, appreciate the place you are in and what it took to get you there. Because who we become and what we appreciate have come from those darkest of days.

Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and all that is within me,
    bless his holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits,
who forgives all your iniquity,
    who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit,
    who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good
    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

Psalm 103:1-5 (ESV)

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