Darkness Before the Dawn

The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.
Proverbs 4:18

I like sunrises and sunsets. I could sit and watch them for hours if they lasted that long. I spent four years in Alaska and I could do that in the Summer if I wanted. It was even easier in the Winter because the sun could rise and set within an hour in December. I was traveling across West Texas and when I commented about the flat open road, a local said that the sunsets just linger and linger. I like that.

This verse should be an encouragement for those of us who are Believers and are wondering what kind of impact we’re having on others or the world around us. We work hard, doing our best to represent Christ, and sometimes it just doesn’t seem like we’re making a dent in the souls of the people around us. We feel like we’re taking two steps forward and one step back, or worse yet, one step forward and two steps back!

You may be in that stage of dawn where you just see a hint of light. You’re desperately hoping to see more than that. Wait. Be patient. There’s more light on the way. Your prayers and your witness and your work and your faithfulness are being noticed by the only One who can make a difference.

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