By: Micah Squires, Executive Assistant, Houston Church Planting Network
June 6, 2019
Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you bto wake from sleep. cFor salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. 12 dThe night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us ecast off fthe works of darkness and gput on the armor of light.
Sleep is a basic action that all humans must engage with. With so many things dividing our culture, I like to be reminded of what we all share. Mind you, I know all too well the troubles some have with sleep. And, as a new mom, my appreciation for night time slumber has grown significantly. When I was young, I had a lot of fear that reached its peak at nighttime. My mind would spiral and I would become overwhelmed with the possibility of whatever I feared becoming a reality. When my mom would recognize this happening she would kindly yet firmly tell me, “everything is better in the morning”. It would remind me that tomorrow is a new day, and although my circumstances would not change between now and then, the sun would be out and my perspective would be different. And when I would wake up, her words always rang true, things were “better.” In the light of the day, I was no longer afraid and I had hope for the new day.
Although what I feared as a child may sound vague, we all know the feeling. Waking up to a clear mind and a new day after an evening of impossible fear, insecurity or heartache. Year later, when new thoughts plague my mind at night and send me into a spiral, I still remind myself: “everything is better in the morning.”
I liken that feeling of waking up to someone putting their trust in Jesus as their Savior. In their life before Christ, they had gone to sleep afraid but now they have been awakened with a clear mind, new identity and hope for all their days. Their night is far gone and their new day is at hand.
This is true for a new believer and for all those who are saved; you want to savor this truth for yourself every morning you wake. Although, in Christ, we may no longer live in darkness, there are still idols and fears that lurk beneath that we should desire to bring to the light. When we are awoken to them, sanctification begins. No matter what darkness tries to creep in, our eyes have seen and know the light. By God’s grace, for those who are in Christ, we are living in the light of the day.
“In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
Sometimes we need to remind ourselves of what it felt like when we were asleep, in the fear of darkness. You have been awakened, the morning has come, so rejoice and live in the light.
Father in Heaven, thank you for waking us and pulling us out of darkness. Help us bring light to every dark corner of Houston. In Jesus name, Amen.