Everything on earth will worship you; they will sing your praises, shouting your name in glorious songs. ~ Psalm 66:4
All creation is eagerly waiting for God to reveal who his children are. ~Romans 8:10
...Weeping may last for the night, But a shout of joy comes in the morning.
~ Psalm 30:5
For whatever unsubstantiated reason, over the past 4-5 days I have been suffering from a case of insomnia. Seems like each night around 3 or 4 a.m., I have awakened from my restful sleep; too awake to roll over and fall back to sleep, yet still too tired to lift a limb and wisely utilize that random hour or more that I am lying there.
Last night, I found myself in the same predicament...yet I was not sleeping in my normal environment. While resting in a familiar guest room of a close relative, my new-found insomnia wasn't filled with the background music from a low-volume television, nor the with the eerie silence of a room with no t.v. in it. Instead, I was entertained by a loud, yet serenely, peaceful melody of the birds hidden in the shadows of darkness, from outside of this guest room window.
These birds were singing...they were singing loud...and it was not yet morning...
it was still night...
THEY WERE SINGING IN THE DARK!
And it was at that very moment, that our Creator allowed my spirit to connect with nature, His creation, and ponder this thought:
Though it was not yet morning, and the sun had yet to rise, the birds still sang in the darkness, in eager expectation of what they knew was soon to come...
MORNING, a BRIGHTER DAY!
They did not wait to see the light of the sun, they did not tarry to be sure that night would surely come to its end...they sang anyway, they anticipated what was to come...
Then God spoke to my spirit and revealed to me a parallel: one that connected the actions and spirit of those birds to that of our own lives and faith. As the birds sing in the darkness awaiting the light of day, we should also sing and praise Him in the darkness of our lives, in eager expectation of the joy and hope that He will surely bring about in our "mornings". He wants us to anticipate that our nights will not endure forever and that He will restore us and bring us a new season of joy and blessings. He desires for us to sing, NOW, eagerly waiting for what is most definitely TO COME.
The God that we serve, the One who loves us unconditionally, the One who is our creator, the One who gave His one and only son over to a cruel death on that "Good Friday", is the same One whose resurrection power caused our Saviour to rise from the dead on that Sunday morning! He possesses resurrection power! He is capable and willing to resurrect light from a night of darkness! And He is do this for me and for you!
So, let's remember to sing in the dark...
sing in anticipation and expectation of a season of brighter mornings!
SUNDAY IS COMING!
JESUS IS ALIVE!
LET US SING, SING, SING!