Tuesday, January 17, 2012

He Must Increase-Day 17

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote this short poem entitled "The Rainy Day"

The day is cold, and dark, and dreary;
It rains,and the wind is never weary;
The vine still clings to the mouldering wall,
But at every gust the dead leaves fall,
And the day is dark and dreary.

My life is cold, and dark, and dreary;
It rains,and the wind is never weary;
My thoughts still cling to the mouldering past,
But the hopes of youth fall thick in the blast,
And the days are dark and dreary.

Be still, sad heart, and cease repining;
Behind the clouds is the sun still shining;
Thy fate is the common fate of all,
Into each life some rain must fall,
Some days must be dark and dreary.

That poem was beautifully written and captures the heart of anyone who has ever suffered pain or loss. But what a downer! If not for the last familiar few line we'd wonder if there was any value to such a poem. Everyone has struggles. Everyone has dreary days. Dark days. Everyone has unrealized hopes and season when the wind is unrelenting. But the sunshine lies just beyond the clouds.

As human beings we all come to realize that troubles will come. As Christians we know that on the darkest of days, with the clouds looming ominously above, that the SON still shines! Gloomy days don't mean he's abandoned us; these things happen to everyone. Everyone. In the midst of the darkest gloom Job had a moment of clarity and wrote these words (Job 19:25-27):
“But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives,
and he will stand upon the earth at last.
And after my body has decayed,
yet in my body I will see God!
I will see him for myself.
Yes, I will see him with my own eyes.
I am overwhelmed at the thought!"

Read the Bible in One Year Plan: Genesis 48-50

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