In The Morning

  Though not often, I can remember times in my youth when, as the light of day faded, my mind became filled with adolescent anxiety as my world was about to be shrouded in blackness.  I felt like a prisoner of night, my anxious thoughts my only companions.  I still remember my mother’s loving and tender attempt to console me with these words, “Son just try to get some rest; things will look better in the morning.”  Amazingly, when the sun rose in the morning sky and the light began to illuminate a new day, it was obvious that she was right!  The change in my perception was like the magic of morning.

  This reminds me of something that Jesus said, “I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.   As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. (John 9:4-5)”  Obviously the Lord was not referring to physical light that illuminates the stuff of earth, but spiritual light, to illuminate things that cannot be seen with our eyes—the eternal things of God.  His reference to “day” then, must represent the period in which this spiritual light shines.

  When Jesus (the essence of that light) was here, men became aware of God’s love for them and His intention to purchase their souls back to Himself by the gift of His Son.  After Jesus returned to heaven, generations of His followers became the bearers of that light.  Jesus told them, “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. (Matthew 5:14)” …but perhaps you have noticed lately, troublous times are upon us, spiritual darkness threatens to envelope the globe.  Perhaps you are starting to feel captive to your own thoughts of what will be on the morrow.

  If you know the Lord, let me console you with those words I learned from my mother, “Rest for now, things will look better in the morning.”  But what is it about the morning that yields its magic?  It is not magic my friend, morning is when we will once again see the SON in the sky.  Jesus Himself said, “I am the bright and morning star. (Revelation 22:16)”  He’s coming soon!  “And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it. (Isaiah 40:5)”