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I was talking to someone who is very close to me about those endless days of waiting… waiting for finances, waiting for an emotional or physical health turnaround, waiting for kids OR adults to finally grow up, waiting for a recurring sin in our life to get licked, waiting for a vacation or, well, just fill in the blank.

It all sounds rather simple until the bus doesn’t stop and you forgot your umbrella and everyone is looking at you and you haven’t a clue as to how exactly you are going to get where you are going.

No, it’s no simpler than boot camp where the only way out is through it.

I call this the ‘weight of the wait.’ Some people call it ‘the desert.’ If you’re reading this on your commute at the bus stop, you may call it just that.

One of my favorite Psalms in the bible was written by a guy who didn’t miss the bus, but who did have to wait in caves. David penned some of my favorite words with regard to the weight of his literal desert.

“Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass…Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; do not fret – it only causes harm…the steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way…depart from evil and do good; and dwell forevermore…wait on the Lord and keep His way, and He shall exalt you to inherit the land…but the salvation of the righteous is from the Lord; He is their strength in the time of trouble. And the Lord shall help them and deliver them.” Psalm 37 (in part)

The thing about boot camp is that there is a defined end. Unfortunately, we have entered a seemingly endless war between the kingdom of darkness and the kingdom of light. I don’t know the dim-lit cave that life has brought to you. And you can’t know mine. But I do know what David did during his wait: he done good.

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Two images came forth like the sunrise this spring morning.

I awoke to a crescent moon looking as if God’s hands had delicately balanced it perfectly on the horizon. 
The second picture was a memory of the deer carefully crossing our back field in the middle of the coldest winter I can remember this past February. They were cautious because each step meant breaking through the crusty ice that had formed over a couple of feet of snow. It was literally one step at a time.
Both images conjure up the hope that each sunrise and Spring bring.
Within minutes, Heaven’s hands began to lift that crescent moon higher into the sky as if He was pulling it up by a string. It acquiesced and began to fade from sight as it surrendered to a spectacular sunrise. Night had once again been replaced by light.
Getting back to those painstaking hoofs of the deer, I have recently observed the trees turn lime green in their efforts to welcome Spring. Now, those same deer literally leap across that same field. Winter left. 
Billions of people are currently in the midst of some of the darkest and coldest economic conditions in modern history. Like the deer, they have no choice but to take it one step at a time. For hundreds of thousands, starvation, sickness or war will allow them no next step and no chance to witness the sunrise.
For many of us, the dark and cold will give way somehow to light and Springtime. If we are given another chance, perhaps it would behoove us to remember that Christ told His followers that they are the light of this world.
It’s an honor to be the day in someone’s night and the “Spring” in another’s step. 

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Have you ever wondered why there’s darkness every day? A day is a microcosm of life. And some season’s nights are longer than others. But every day contains a night. 


Nights tell us it’s time to get some rest.

Truly, life is exactly like that. There are seasons of night. Again, some longer than others. It is in the midst of the night that one of life’s leading ironies breaks forth like a brilliant sunrise: It’s time to put worries to bed. 

Have you ever fought off sleep and you’re not quite sure why. Just like a little child. Maybe you were lonely and the mattress would make it worse. Or maybe you’re exhausted, but you just can’t let go of hurt, worry, sorrow, regret… you fill in the blank. So you stay up, piddle the time away and LOSE the very thing the night is for: rest. 

We think it’s there to be dark and gloomy. Yet, it’s a goldmine if you let it be. 

I remember when I was in sales and the slow times (dark nights) were driving me crazy, making me wonder how I would pay the bills or worse yet… WOULD THIS BE IT as in I’LL LOSE MY JOB AND BE OUT ON THE STREET AND… again you fill in the blank. Our imaginations go wild and fear takes grip and the darkness of our souls becomes a real nightmare.

I’m not sure I’ll ever get this irony down, but I’m hoping this helps someone other than myself. When darkness comes, do what wrestlers call the “reverse.” Pin it. Use the dark, a natural un-light time for your eyes. Get some rest. Like the cute and corny little sign next to my night table says, “Before you go to bed, give your worries to God. He’s up anyway.”

Use the very hardest times in your life to throw your cares upon Him. And get a great pillow. See you when the sun rises.

Here’s a song that took God decades to write on my soul…


DAY
NEVER LOSES TO NIGHT

 

Every
day contains some night

A divine
arrangement for life’s tests

When
the wise close their eyes

relinquishing their sighs and get some rest

CHORUS:

I’ve
never seen day lose to the night

The
sun has his way, beating away fright

When
evening rolls around

We’re
tucked safely into Your light


What
is it about the moon

Like
a guard at the palace of a king

Reflects
the sun so we won’t forget

The
morning will give reason to sing

LONG BRIDGE:

There
are times that seem so long

Like
nights when clocks tick slow

But
a sunrise of such season

Will
break through and we’ll know

There
was a reason as the new light will show

Epilogue:

There
will be a night that demands my life to end

But
the sunrise of my soul will be just around the bend

FINAL CHORUS:

I’ve never seen day lose to the night

The sun has his way, beating away fright

When death rolls around

I’ll be safe in heaven’s light

Copyright, 2011, Robert J. LaCosta

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