Longing For Sunrise

This post is written to link with Five Minute Friday: write for five minutes on a one-word prompt. The prompt today is “sunrise.”

“I long for the Lord more than sentries long for the dawn, yes, more than sentries long for the dawn.”
(Psalm 130:6 NLT)

This verse conveys such a powerful image of waiting and longing, one that I find myself relating to more and more right now.

As we enter the second month of another lockdown with no set end date in sight I’m filled with that longing – longing to see family and friends, longing to work with young people face-to-face instead of on a screen, longing to gather as church, longing to hug… longing for something that resembles normal life.

When you’re waiting for the sunrise, the night can seem endless.

And yet the lockdown continually pulls me back to another, more personal, time of waiting and longing – a time that felt dark and often hopeless as I prayed that God would bring light.

And I am reminded of the verse he led me to at that time:

“What I tell you now in the darkness, shout abroad when daybreak comes. What I whisper in your ear, shout from the housetops for all to hear!” (Matthew 10:27 NLT)

That dark night was long, but it was a time of listening and drawing close to God. While I just longed for it to end, God had things that he wanted to teach me, but this verse gave me hope that, one day, the sunrise would come. I would never have imagined shouting about it from the housetops, but just this week I have found myself sharing the story of that time more widely and publicly than I would ever have expected.

And it continues to give me hope today – hope that the darkness won’t last forever; the sunrise will come. And encouragement that God is not inactive in the darkness. Often it is when he does some of his deepest, most difficult work.

Who knows what we’ll be saying about this pandemic when we look back in five or ten years time? But I pray we’ll have taken something useful from this time – at the very least gratitude for all the little bits of normal we took for granted and a deeper awareness of the blessings God gives.

Just a note to my regular readers: apologies for disappearing the last couple of weeks.  Everything is fine – just a little overwhelmed and needed to focus elsewhere.  Hopefully I’ll be back to posting more regularly now.

18 thoughts on “Longing For Sunrise

  1. Sentries experience the darkness of the night, unable to see their own hand, enveloped in darkness. America feels like this with the closing of churches, evil trying to cut off our voice and we sit dumbfounded by the hate of their rhetoric.
    But it is always darkest before the dawn. The first sliver of light, the first sounds of the birds- tells the sentry that darkness is abated. The one song of Jesus is like the first light of dawn and brings with it a deep breath of God’s Spirit.

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  2. This is hard all very hard, of course, but as believers we have the gift of a different perspective. We fear no evil in the valley of the shadow of death. God has not given us a spirit of fear, but instead His Spirit. And so we can boldly shout from the darkness, God is in this too.

    Amie, FMF #23

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  3. Lockdown is hard. And although I know and trust that God is using this for good and he is my hope. I can’t help but wobble at time. As long as I don’t let the wobbles longer. The Winter nights are long in the UK where I live but sunrise is getting earlier 😊 God bless x

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    1. I think most of us are having those wobbles right now, but I agree, we need to make an effort not to get stuck there. I’m in the UK too, and it is encouraging to notice the days gradually lengthening.

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  4. I’m so sorry you were overwhelmed, Lesley. No apologies necessary. It’s such a difficult time, isn’t it? I hope and pray that soon you will be out connecting and hugging again face to face. Thank you for this encouraging message! It breathed hope into my heart to be reminded “God is not inactive in the darkness. Often it is when he does some of his deepest, most difficult work.” And HE is our SUNRISE! I LOVE that song! Love and blessings to you!

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  5. Waiting for the sunrise,
    waiting for the dawn,
    but it’s really no surprise
    the night goes on and on
    in cancer’s blank obduracy,
    each breath now an ordeal
    and there is here no mercy,
    no care for how I feel,
    but something in me rises
    with deeper sight, to see
    the honour and the prizes
    that somewhere wait for me
    upon a turn of golden streets
    if in this dark, I keep my feet.

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  6. Hi Lesley, I believe you are writing from the UK? I am here in the U.S. Just wanted to tell you I am new to not only reading blogs but I am a “writer” myself and believe the Lord wants to use me in that way. I am inspired by your blog. I love that you are real and personal and centered on the Word and Christ. My love and relationship with the Lord is my center. Thankyou for inspiring us to realize there is value in this dark time. I find that anger is one of the hardest emotions to battle during this time when so many presently in power are making decisions that will dramatically affect our lives based on greed and a love for power. So much deceit! It’s almost more than I can bear! If it weren’t for my Faith and my Trust in the ONE who does NOT change, my heart would fail me. I am trying to pray for those presently in power but it’s not easy! I believe your last blog was re: God is STILL IN CONTROL, no matter what is happening around us! Thank you for reaching out through your blog! God Bless you Richly!

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