The revelation awaits an appointed time; though it lingers, wait for it. Habakkuk 2:3

You also must be patient. Strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near. James 5:8

These were the daily texts that greeted me this morning. As I write these words, the Eastern horizon, though overcast, awaits the coming of a great light. When have you last sat and watched a sunrise? You know the anticipation, don’t you? The sky begins to shade lighter and lighter. Colors seep from the hidden places beyond the horizon, rising up to engulf the stars and blanket the world in a new found glory.

Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the Lord will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you. The Gentiles shall come to your light and kings to the brightness of you rising. “Lift up your eyes all around, and see: they all gather together, they come to you; your sons shall come from afar, and your daughters shall be nursed at your side. Then you shall see and become radiant, and your heart shall swell with joy.” – Isaiah 60:1-5

We have no power to turn the earth on its axis. We have no power to pull the sun from its slumber. We have no power to call forth the sunshine. God alone works these wonders. However, we can turn the wayward eastward. We can rouse those lost in frozen dreams and tell them of a world beyond the waiting. We can bask in the glory of God and rejoice.

Oh, these sacred seasons of waiting.

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace. – Numbers 6:24-26