Have you ever experienced a night so agonizing that it felt as though extra hours had been added to it?
You know one of those nights that you are ready to be over and done with but the hands on the clock seemed to have been stuck?
Well, not only have I had them, but I just endured one last night!
But you know what?
When I checked in to some of my online support groups, I realized that I was not alone. There were many others who were up experiencing very similar emotions as I was for different and some the same reasons.
What makes our nights darker and even longer?
It is the day that we previously had. Disappointments and setbacks that occur in our days can trigger discouragement and sadness to set in. And if we linger on the present distresses too long it will cause us to reflect on past days that also included unpleasant memories.
How do we get through these dark nights?
Prayer is a great starting place. But may I be honest with you? Sometimes I don’t feel like or have the strength to pray! You can probably relate. One thing that helps simmer my escalating emotions is music.
But not just any kind of music. It has to be uplifting music. Music that helps to restore my hope that I can survive my present circumstances. So before I was able to lay down I landed on K-Love and decided to leave the station on all night. It’s even playing as I type this post!
I normally listen to the station during my morning drive so I know how uplifting their music ministry can be. All through the night there was encouraging music that really ministered to me. During one of my crying episodes, I heard one of the personalities elude to a verse that reminded me how much God cares about me.
“He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name” (Psalm 147:4, NIV).
Do you know how many stars exist?
Many we can see with the naked eye and there are plenty that we can not. But God thought enough of them to name them! God also knows us by our names and according to Matthew 10:30, He also knows how many strands of hair we have on our heads!
During my morning devotion, I was further encouraged. Because right before God declares His omniscient as the Chief Astrologist, He also declares that “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds” (Psalm 147:3).
God knows us individually. He doesn’t just see a collective hurt. He knows about your brokenness and the things that have caused you to be wounded. But because He is the all-powerful God, He also has the ability to heal you and me and He wants to do it!
What does this mean for you?
You can get through and survive your darkest night. You don’t have to be up restless in fear. God wants to tell you something else…
“So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows” (Matthew 10:31).
It’s morning! It’s a new day. You just survived what seemed to be endless. Do not meditate on the darkness of last night or the discouragement of yesterday. Trust that God is with you today. And you will survive what ever lies before you.
Now go and live!