I’m sitting in the semi-dark of my work parking lot … the temp outside is mild so I’ve got the window down and the heat on …

Behind me, the eastern sky and all around me the city are coming to life … sirens and salutations tell that such resurrections are both good and bad …

It’s December 12 … just 9 days from the longest night of the year … Just before that, I face an interesting challenge – cancer surgery. Prior to that, I’ve endured the most difficult time of my life … the aftermath of the destruction of my marriage and trying to find a path out of the wreckage that resulted …

And yet, in so many ways this is a great place to be! As odd as it sounds I believe this is the place people talk about when they say things like it’s always darkest before the dawn.

… in the midst of challenges that seem insurmountable … in the midst of agony that is often indescribable … despite facing foes that seem undefeatable from a position that seems indefensible …

I feel as if the impending sunrise around me now and the reality that in a little more than a week the nights will be getting shorter and the light will shine a little longer and brighter each day … that these things are harbingers …

They tell of hope, of restoration, of resurrection … that darkness and blindness and pain and suffering don’t last … but His word and His kingdom and His reality are bigger and stronger and older and far more powerful than mere temporal things.

They are eternal.

And I have fixed my eyes and my heart on them. Imperfectly so, to be sure … but more so each and every day. And He has yet to disappoint …

And so, in the midst of challenges that seem insurmountable … in the midst of agony that is often indescribable … despite facing foes that seem undefeatable from a position that seems indefensible …

Despite these things …

I remember that He gives beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning and the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness!

I remember that His favor is for a lifetime and that while weeping may fill the night His joy comes in the morning …

I remember He is nothing but good; that He is for me and that He has plans to bless and prosper me …

And so I am not merely at peace … I am hopeful … I am encouraged … because I am His!!

For the display of His splendor ~