Our place is about 1.65 acres, and I enjoy walking around the yard and the little dab of woods that we have just to get some walking exercise and to talk with the Lord about things. Some days I walk early in the mornings. It can be very dark about an hour before sunrise so that things around you are hardly discernible. As it approaches sunrise, there is a slow, overall lightening so that things that were not seen now start to become visible. There is no particular source of light, everything is just getting lighter. In time, as the sun begins to rise, the source of the enlightenment is obvious, and the daylight is flooding the earth.
The Word tells us that Father God honored Jesus saying with an audible voice “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” It went on to say that we have a “more sure word of prophecy” that we should pay attention to as a “light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts” (2 Peter 1:17-19). God works in our lives, giving us his Word, so that in whatever darkness we might be dwelling, there is an ever-increasing enlightenment to which we need to pay attention. As we embrace the light that God gives and yield our lives to that light, he is good and faithful to bring us into the full light of day in which there is no darkness. That is when Jesus alone and the work he accomplished on our behalf is our full and settled eternal salvation.
Also, as a kid I learned that when the sun went down and I was walking down a dark road in the country with no light to see the ground, I could look up and barely discern the outline of the trees against the sky and thereby stay on the road. As we go down the road of life and we walk in the season of a dark night, that is the time to look up to heaven and see what Jesus has done for us and his goodness and mercy and his faithfulness to perform his Word, and put our full trust in him, and do what he directs us to do. He will give grace and guidance. “In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths” (Proverbs 3:6). This applies to our lives personally, and by faith we can apply this as a basis of prayer for our nation.
In the darkness of this time, we Christians need to pray that God’s way and God’s counsel come to pass in this nation, and we need to trust him to direct our way on how to vote, and get out and vote. God wants the good news of Jesus Christ to be heralded far and wide, and he knows what this nation needs for this to happen. Let’s trust God to have his way.