Through my understanding of life I have come to the conclusion that there are two types of mornings. These two types of mornings dwell in two different worlds. One in the physical and the other in the spiritual. While both of them reference a form of newness they are vastly different.
In the physical, morning is simple. It is the beginning of a new day, most often signified by the rising of the sun, and limited to the confines of a.m. The process for this type of morning is uniform for all. The process begins the night before with rest. Seamlessly continues with awakening form sleep and is concluded with the arrival of noon. There is an expectation for this category of morning. We never question its arrival. This type of morning is always sure regardless of the conditions of its arrival. Storm or not, morning is morning. We also go to sleep with the assurance that the next morning will be ours. We often have no question on whether we will make it to the next morning. Even if it doesn’t come for us, we went to bed with an unwavering expectation that we would wake to morning just as sure as it would come.
In the spiritual, morning is very complex. It serves as a representative of a new blissful season that only appears after overcoming. There is no fixed time limit in the spiritual realm of morning. We can’t determine when it will come or how long it will last. Although we can’t determine its time, it is possible to have a spiritual morning in every season of our lives. That is all determined by faith. Its process is not at all uniform and can be incredibly different for each individual. The process normally begins with a circumstance(s) that greatly shakes our faith. It is continued with life experiences that we usually have never desired to have but desperately needed. And it ends with increased faith, knowledge, love, and understanding of our incredible God and his son Jesus Christ. These types of mornings are just as sure as physical mornings, but we have to do the work to get to them. The work can require stillness, a great deal of movement, or something in between. Regardless of the movement, the work will always require prayer, studying the bible, and sometimes even fasting. We must be patient when doing the work. We can only have and maintain patience by having faith that morning will come. When getting to these types of mornings we often have to rearrange our expectations of what it will look like and the process of how we will get to it.
To anyone that is waiting so desperately on morning, please be reminded that it will come. Maybe you are desiring a child, a spouse, the removal of a burden. Whatever it may be, have the expectation that it will come. Remove any parameters you may have for time. We serve a God that has brilliant timing. Just wait on Him.
14 Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.
4 Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled.
I promise He won’t let you down. If it aligns with His plans for your life it will be done.
19 God is not human, that he should lie,
not a human being, that he should change his mind.
Does he speak and then not act?
Does he promise and not fulfill?
There is a caveat with time though. Sometimes that morning may not come during your lifetime, but you must continue to believe and have faith that God will do as he promised. Think of Abraham. He never saw God’s promise of him being the father of many fulfilled. Yet he had faith in God until his death that he would be. Did God fulfill his promise? Of course he did and he still is. (Romans 4) Also know that Christ could return before the fruition of your morning. In actuality the return of Christ should be the morning that we desire most.
7 Dear brothers and sisters, be patient as you wait for the Lord’s return. Consider the farmers who patiently wait for the rains in the fall and in the spring. They eagerly look for the valuable harvest to ripen. 8 You, too, must be patient. Take courage, for the coming of the Lord is near.
Remove any idea of how your morning may come. When we hold on to the idea of how, we limit God. Remember that our ideas, although they can be very creative, are human. Imagine trying to tell the creator of the entire universe how he should do anything. Like what! Open yourself up completely to God’s way and remember that his way is always best.
20Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.
There is also a caveat concerning the idea of how. For some, morning comes through death. Imagine a body suffering from great illness. Although this manner of morning is not at all what we wish for, remember that God knows what is best in every situation.
Lastly, “if you just hold out until the morning comes everything will be alright.” Don’t give up and keep your faith. Weeping may endure for a night but joy will come in the morning light. (Psalm 30:5)