When Morning Came

I speak a message titled, “When morning came” – that is very encouraging. It talks about how dark night is but morning is coming and things will get better. There are times in life, however, where morning does not make the tragedy disappear.

Reading Matthew 26-27 today I find one of those times when life is disappointing – to the disciples and I think to Jesus also, even if He knew the events before they happened. He told Peter that he would deny Him and Peter said he would follow Him and be put to death, but sure enough the cock crowed and he had denied Jesus and Peter went out and wept bitterly. Verse 56 of chapter 26 says, “Then all the disciples left him and fled.” Earlier, Judas had betrayed Jesus for thirty pieces of silver – their world is being turned upside down. They had enjoyed three years of ministry with the Son of God and all of a sudden it was being swept away. We get to chapter 27 and the first verse says, “When morning came,” now, let me pause and say that usually those are good words – it will be better in the morning – tomorrow is a new day. Life will look better tomorrow. His mercies are new every morning. It’s darkest before the dawn. But the rest of this verse goes like this, “all the chief priests and the elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death and they bound him and led him away and delivered him over to Pilate the governor.” And the next verse, “Then when Judas, his betrayer saw that Jesus was condemned, he changed his mind and brought back the thirty pieces of sliver…”

There are times in life when the morning brings no comfort – the loved one you lost is still gone and the morning light of reality hits your senses like a freight train. The grief is revisited almost like when it first happened. The bills still need to be paid, the laundry still needs to be done – and there is little to no comfort. What about those mornings? What about those times when life seems to be the heaviest burden to bear is to keep existing? We do ourselves a disservice when we do not acknowledge that these times in our life exist. And the only thing that can make a difference happens in chapter 28 – “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.”

The only comfort during those times is to seek Jesus and sometimes we go to find Him where we have found Him before – only to discover that He is not there. For me, I have discovered that when this happens He has moved up higher and is calling me to move to a higher place in my faith and in my relationship with Him. I cannot explain it any more than that because each person has to discover what that means for them individually. God is an individual God who promised that, “If you seek me, you will find me.”

If you are reading this and identifying with it – I am sorry for your grief. Whatever has caused it – I am truly grieved for you today. I am sorry you are walking this path and I wish I could say more comforting words. But I know that as you seek Him you will find a relationship with God that you did not know existed. A level of faith that cannot be explained but only experienced and joy will return. Peace with flourish. And someday, Morning with be bright again.

Be blessed today.