“While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” (Genesis 8:22 KJV)
This is as it SHOULD be. It was God who, on the 4th Creative Day, made Days, and Seasons, and Years. God created this sequence, and no man can alter or stop it. Ever since Creation, we see the artistry of The Almighty, varying the light, incorporating the dark, blending hues and changing brushstrokes to make each day, season, and year unique. No two, since Creation, have ever been identically the same.
Even within that very first Day, He ordained it to contain both evening AND morning, darkness AND light, sorrow AND joy, sickness AND health, tragedy AND triumph, breaking AND mending, goodbyes AND hellos. Seasons within seasons—joy in the grief, light in the darkness, both together in the same day and in the same season that He made. “And God saw that it was good.”
It is God IN the clouds that dims our sunniest day, and yet in the midst of our darkest sorrow, it is He “who giveth songs in the night.” Everyone whom the Lord deeply loves, from HIS hand receives their daily cup mingled with both bitterness and sweet, harmony and dissonance, trial and deliverance, mourning and delight. Each day will have its ups and downs, and downs and ups—like a continual roller coaster ride. Terrifying … AND fun!
“It is one of the arrangements of Divine providence that day and night shall not cease either in the spiritual or natural creation till we reach the land of which it is written, ‘there is no night there.’” – C. H. Spurgeon
How can we survive such a daily roller coaster of highs and lows? Since we really don’t have a choice, it may be better (and more FUN!) to learn to ENJOY the ride instead of just ENDURE it. Put your mind at ease—the LORD sits at the controls. He knows our need AND our limits. Unlock your knees—loosen the death grip of your hands—unclench your teeth—breathe deeply—and smile. No matter how scary the ride, or difficult the season, it is ordained by God, He’s IN CONTROL, and it WILL end. There’s another season waiting just around the corner—and then! … that final eternal Day without End—no more night, no more darkness, no more sorrow, no more sickness, no more tragedy, no more goodbyes—when the very best of EVERY day and season lasts FOREVER!
Prayer: Dear LORD, I know that You have promised never to leave me. Since You’re riding with me on this roller coaster of life, help me simply to …
- Be CONTENT. “I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” (Philippians 4:11 KJV)
- COUNT it all JOY. “When troubles of any kind come my way, I will consider it an opportunity for great joy. For I know that when my faith is tested, my endurance has a chance to grow.” (James 1:2-3 NLT)
- Be CONFIDENT. “I will have no fear of bad news; my heart is steadfast, trusting in You, Lord.” (Psalm 112:7 NIV)
- CONTINUE. “I will not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time I will reap a harvest if I do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9 NIV)
In Jesus’ name, Amen!