This past spring as I sat looking out my window at my white Dogwood Tree, the white pedals glowing in the dusk I was reminded of the hope Jesus offers of peace and rest.
As I watched twilight give way to darkness it resembled a blanket being pulled over daylight welcoming the darkness. This darkness overtakes me as I witness the beauty of God tucking in His creation for a nights rest and His whisper gently telling me to “be still” in His care – even in darkness He is with me.
Nightfall replaces the peaceful calm of early evening when the glow from a neighbor’s home illuminates a noble White Dogwood Tree. With a radiant quiet beauty it reminds me of the Light of Jesus in our dark world. In the shadows comes a quiet beauty as night fall descends and tranquility settles over my drowsy neighborhood.
Everything around me is dark except for the brilliance of one solitary tree.
I have walked in the darkness many times – darkness of death, illness, and sorrow. Yet, there has always been one Light constant, never changing in my darkness. Like night must come, so we all must face the darkness that life sometimes brings. Our night.
If we are not careful we will wander around in the darkness never experiencing the Light of Hope that Jesus offers.
Hope the light of day will come.
We know every night when we lay down we do not fear the darkness because morning will come and the sun will shine down on us once again.
We have hope of a new day.
When we face the dark times in our lives, we do not need to give in to the darkness. For in the darkness there is a glimmer of the Son’s divine Glory, reassuring us of His Light within us, like a neighbor’s porch light casting a soft glow on a blooming Dogwood Tree.
A reminder of Jesus’ presence in our lives.
At times His Light is strong like a beacon boldly showing us the way and other times a faint glow gently leading, like the shadows of a White Dogwood Tree silhouetted in the night sky.
We have hope of a dark free world.
Patty B. June 2017