On average, I suppose, we spend half of our Life…
Between the hours of Sunset to Sunrise. You know, those hours of darkened time that are comforted with a protected home and artificial light. I’ve lived or worked in places where sun may not rise for days, weeks and months. Maybe you have never experienced the far north. Arctic Circle experiences.
But I have. The one thing I learned was to simply adapt to the season. Live a normal life when it seems the sun is up all the time, or when the sun never seems to get high enough to make an impression on the day.
Why do we struggle with too much, or not enough, day light? In Anchorage I remember the sun just going down at midnight and coming back up around 3 am, or not coming up till about 10:30 am and going down by 2 pm. Or something like that.
Regardless. I’ve enjoyed living life regardless of the times or seasons.
It’s 10 pm, Sunday night, and life is getting back to normal. A staycation, surgery recovery, sleeping more than normal, but still getting up at the crack of dawn… A special session of teaching on Saturday. Dealing with some tractor issues. Money. Timing. Oh, and another Mother’s Day has come and gone. Time spent with church family and our kids via Face Time and a home cooked meal. All nice and enjoyable… However…
There are things about the timing of today that I do not understand, but life is busy without additional stresses stringing out our existence. Some stresses are on the back burner until I can handle them another day. Other stresses cannot be put off and must be dealt with quickly.
That time I get to spend from sunset, until the light breaks tomorrow, I will work hard to enjoy a stress free few hours. I pray the night is restful, and that the dawn finds me restrengthened for the days ahead.
Not everybody finds these hours restful. Consider Jacob, brother of Esau. A twin, but second born, thus not the one who would become the family leader. That job is left to Esau. Jacob gets the left overs. Through trickery and deceit, he fools his dad into giving the ownership of the birth right to Jacob. And then flees, worried about the consequences.
Later in life he plans a return home. He separates himself from his family in the night and sends them ahead leaving himself isolated. Alone. Throughout the remainder of the night, scripture describes him dealing with his crisis.
Then Jacob was left alone; and a Man wrestled with him until the breaking of day.
(Genesis 32:24 NKJV)
Not just a short wrestling event, but perhaps for hours, until the breaking of the morning. Can you imagine wrestling with your guilt, and crisis, like this? By yourself. No backup. No tag team. No coffee break. No power nap.
We deal with problems all the time. Perhaps we pick them up and wrestle with them for a little while, and then lay them back down while we deal with other tasks. Some times our stresses are minimized because of these little breaks. Other times we are just hiding from our responsibilities with “busy” work.
But in the darkness of the night, we find those crisis looming and lurking. They lie in wait for the weight of sleep. Just as you feel that rest coming, your mind snaps wide open as the crisis lurches into your consciousness. You are in immediate full on battle!
Here’s the thought. In the middle of the night, when the onslaught of life is weighing heavily, just persevere… The morning is coming.
Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning. (Psalms 30:5 NKJV)
Keep pushing until that morning dawn breaks. Do not give up. Keep going!
And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. (Galatians 6:9 NKJV)