I’ve heard it said that it’s always darkest right before the dawn. I’ve even witnessed the truth of it: waking up at three in the morning is one of my favorite things to do. At the same time that the birds awake to usher in the morning, light seems to altogether disappear and the earth is steeped in darkness. It’s dark, and beautiful, and frightening, and exciting all at the same time. You can watch in this darkness and eventually witness the sun beginning to peek over the horizon. If you watch long enough, you will see the glory of the dawn. Beautiful colors emerge from what was once blackness and day breaks forth before your eyes. Dawn is definitely a wonder to behold.
Of course, this adage is often used to describe the increase of testing and trials in the life of a believer right before a blessing falls on them. And while the dawning of a new day in the physical sense takes place in less than three hours, sometimes it seems that the spiritual dawning can take an eternity. Which makes sense, because while we know time’s passing by the tick-tock of a clock, God’s planning for our lives takes place from an eternal perspective. And most of us have a hard time waiting out the seemingly endless darkness.
What does it mean to say that it’s always darkest right before the dawn? I can only draw from my own experience to say that this is a time when all the forces of Hell are bent on making you miss the dawn. Trials become more than you can bear. You feel the pressure so intensely that you think buckling beneath it would be better than standing up under it. And while all the hosts of Heaven are singing to usher in the dawn, you can’t appreciate it because the darkness is so severe. Your vision seems gone. You can’t move because you aren’t sure what you’re walking into. You don’t know which way to go because the path is out of sight.
My heart aches to think that this is the moment we often give up. We’re terrified to move, too tired to go on. But can’t you just wait?! There is something on the horizon that will illuminate your path once more! Beauty will emerge from the darkness! You will experience the glory of the birthing of a new day! It will be a wonder to behold! Can’t you just hold on another moment? Because while it may seem like an eternity, God in His mercy knows we cannot fathom eternity, and so He bends His will to encompass our limited understanding of time and causes the dawn to overwhelm the darkness. As surely as every twenty-four hours, light beats back the darkness, you can be assured that there is something on the horizon when life cannot possibly get any worse. Hold on to hope. There is a dawn that breaks the power of darkness and IT IS COMING!