Revisiting: Nighttime Thoughts 


Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Hebrews 13:8

Sometimes, night time is difficult for me.  As the sun goes down and the world goes from colorful to dim hues to greying shadows and finally to darkness, I often think of how much more I enjoy the sunlight.

Things seem “different” in the darkness.  Shadows take on odd and sometimes unsettling shapes.  I recently saw a children’s book that dealt with helping a child to understand that the sometimes scary shadows are the same things we see in daylight, but our eyes “play tricks” on us and we perceive them as something completely different.

I started thinking about God - in the difficult “dark” days, I sometimes view Him quite differently than I do in the sun shiny, everything is going well, praise the Lord days.

But God is the same.  He doesn’t change.  The same God who created the beautiful colors I love to see in sunlight, is the same God who watches over me in the darkness.

Pain and challenges can alter my perception.  But that is all it is ... “my” perception.  I may see God as distant.  I may see God as uncaring.  I may see Him as unfair.

Yet, none of those are true.

God is the same God on the good days as He is on the “bad” days.  It is how I view Him that changes.

Oh, how wonderful are the reassurances that I can run to Him and He will always be there for me!  How grateful I am for the promises that He will not turn me away -  for the promises that if I stray, He will come looking for me.

I am important to God.  I need to remember that when I feel neglected and passed by, by the world.  I am His child.  I need to remember that when I am lonely, scared, or simply don’t know what to do next.  I am here for a purpose - even when I may not understand what that purpose is.  

I need to claim the same confidence I have in God in the night as I do in the daytime.

The Bible tells us “If God is for us - who can be against us.”  Take those words and hold them to your heart, dear reader.  Once you have opened your life to Christ, God will move heaven and earth to keep you in His hand.  And ultimately - that is the only place to be - either in the daytime - or in the night.

Father God, I praise and that You that you are the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.  I ask that you instill each and every person who reads these words with a sense of calmness and peace - that they may come to You and know that You care beyond what my words can ever express.  Thank You for all You have done, for the sacrifice of Your Son, to bring us close to You - so that we may be carved in the palm of Your hand - never to be forgotten in the darkness.  Amen

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