Lessons from Sunrise: Light to My Path

Posted: September 21, 2011 by clairer in Uncategorized

Of my college routine, one of my favorite parts is my daily morning walk. I like these walks not so much for the exercise, but because every single morning, I get to watch the sun rise. Sunrise is an amazing time of day — the slight chill in the air, the fading moon, the lightening sky, and the reflection of the sun on the lake. But here’s an interesting thing about sunrise: in order for me to get to appreciate the sunrise, I have to walk in the darkness first. I have to wake up before the sun and start my walk in darkness…and only then can I appreciate the coming sunlight.

If you’ve lived for any amount of time, you have probably encountered some trial or difficulty at some point — your own personal time of darkness. Perhaps this took the form of an illness, a family member or friend’s death, a pattern of sin, financial trouble, relational conflict, or just day-to-day difficulties. Have you ever wondered why you had to walk through this time of trouble?

I certainly have. Over the past couple of months, amidst some great times and tremendous blessings, I’ve still had to walk through some periods of darkness. Again and again, I’ve asked God why. If God loves me — really loves me — why would He have me experience this darkness? If God is powerful — really powerful — why couldn’t he just keep me having a perfectly easy, comfortable, contented life?

At the moment, I don’t really know all the reasons why. Maybe someday in heaven I will see God’s full purpose. However, I think one reason God gave me the darkness was so that I would fall in love with the light that God has provided for my walk through life.

Psalm 119:105 says, “Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” God has provided a light to guide us on the darkest paths in life! But here’s the thing: a light doesn’t do too much good in full sunlight. The light is still there, but we’re less likely to use a light or appreciate the light during the day. We need the darkness to appreciate the light.

In the same way, I think periods of darkness in our lives help us to fall in love again with God’s word. I know that as I’ve walked through my struggles, God’s word has daily become sweeter and more and more encouraging to me. I crave God’s word because it gives me a solid foundation — a real grounding in a situation that seems insecure and shaky. Verses that I used to just skim over take on whole new meaning…and all because I am able to apply these verses to the trial that I am walking through.

I haven’t enjoyed these trials, but I am becoming increasingly thankful for them. God has been using these difficulties to draw me closer to Himself. His light is shining brightly, and I can see it all the more clearly because of the darkness….just like the sunrise.

  1. JoRo says:

    “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lam 3:22-23)

  2. KathyR says:

    I read this today and thought of your post:
    Hebrews 12:10-13
    “…but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”

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