Until the Day Break, and the Shadows Flee away PART 1

August 30, 2012

 

“Until the daybreaks, and the shadows flee away….” Song of Solomon 2:17

 

    It is Thursday, August 30, 2012, and we are at the tail end of Hurricane Isaac. It is early in the morning just before dawn and I find myself sitting with my 80 year old

mother in a hospital in Covington battling a life threatening illness. I have been here since Tuesday before the storm, when I checked in for my shift at 11:00 a.m. At 3:00 p.m. that same day the hospital locked all doors, no one in and no one out until the storm was over… This morning me and now my new found friends (the nursing staff here at the Hospital)  are still feeling the last effects of Isaac.  My husband and son however are sitting in the dark in Madisonville listening to the howling sounds of the relentless south winds bringing in the morning tide that promises a yet another rise in an already deep-water situation. The hurricane has dissipated and by now I would have thought the situation would have turned and the sun would be shining. Instead I am still in the hospital at my post this early morning, it is still overcast, the floodwaters are rising and I am in lockdown. “Lord, what are you saying?”

 

“Until the day break, and the shadows flee away, turn my beloved and be thou like a roe or a young hart upon the mountains of Bether.” Song of Solomon 2:17

 

       Even children of the light find themselves sitting in the dark sometimes. Spurgeon writes in his collection of sermons on the Song of Solomon on this verse, “some days are bright with clear sunshine and others are overcast.”  One moment you are full of faith and confident of His promises and at other times you find yourself questioning His ways. Yet in this text which talks about night seasons…. Most assuredly the same text promises the dawn… “Until the day break, and the shadows flee away.”   So here I sit content to wait blessed and happy, filled with the sweet joy that even “Isaac” the promised one has brought.  The Lord said,  “Lo I am with you always” and He here walks once again into this room. The nights haven’t seemed so long, because of He infuses strength to endure all that the darkness brings.

      One of the joys of my job is to be able to pray for and tell the helpless about Jesus and promise of His commitment to be with us through all situations. Through the years I have come across many who have joined together to pray and believe and yet for awhile the situation remained the same… But time after time I have seen one consistent pattern of those who continued in the faith…. Listen to the way Spurgeon puts it “for those who endure, change will come and they soon will find themselves singing the praises of our Lord for He shall surely deliver those who trust in Him … And the reason for this great change you may ask?  Because you still cling to Christ even when it seemed no use to cling. You had a venturesome faith; when it seemed a risky thing even to believe, and you kept on believing, and now the day has dawned for you, and the shadows have fled away. Well, shall it be to all who are in like case if they will but trust in the Lord, and stay themselves upon our God. Though they walk in darkness, and see no light, yet by and by the day shall break for them also.”

    Perhaps someone you love is sick or you yourself are not well, maybe your business has slacked or like us who have been impacted by Isaac the waters are still rising and the damage is yet to be assessed. I say to you today, “deliverance is promised and the appointed day has been set, the joy of new birth is eminent, even though the night is still  upon us, the day shall surely break for those who trust in Him.”  For He who promises is faithful. Spurgeon continues “Trust in the Lord and do good; so shall thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shall be fed.” “I have been young”, says David “and now am old, yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken.” …“Many are the afflictions of the righteous.” Mark that; you know that part of the verse is true, and so is the rest of it: “but the Lord has delivered us out of them all.”…. “In the world you shall have tribulation” you know that is true. “Be of good cheer,” says Christ, “I have overcome the world.” Therefore expect that you also will overcome through your conquering Lord. Yes in the darkness of all human sorrows, there is the glad prospect that the day will break, and the shadows will flee away.”

To be continued see Part 2

 

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