Friday, April 6, 2012

Darkness to Light...Death to Life

...Jesus, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross scorning its shame.... Hebrews 12:2

We have all heard the expression {and benefited from its message of hope} "there's a light at the end of the tunnel"

Keeping our eyes on the "other side" of a period of darkness is our strength to continue on and to go through any valley we might find ourselves in. 

While on a recent flight, I was thinking about what it might feel like the moment that you die...that one space of time since our spirit doesn't die. The body feels pain from the death, but our spirit feels instant freedom from the body.

One reason I love to take photos of the sky is the reminder that the sun always is. It may be cloudy and dark during the day in my world {as it would be underneath the clouds in my photo} but the clouds break, they are temporary and I look forward to sunny days. 

I'm so glad that is true for the painful and trying things! They are temporary as clouds, as this life on earth is temporary and on the other side is a great expanse where Light never ends.

Jesus got through the temporary, barbaric terror of the cross that day for the "joy set before Him". 
He was looking toward the light on the other side where He would be restored to His place on the Throne and His people would be restored to His Kingdom.

As we celebrate His endurance of His dark hours today, we have the JOY set before us of Sunday! His resurrection from darkness and death and our own!

Linking up for the first time today with Five Minute Friday hosted by Lisa Jo. 


Meredith said...

I love this reminder to remember the the sun is there, shining bright, behind the dark clouds!! What a visible, tangible reminder of God's presence!!

Stacie said...

I love pictures of the sky too! And while I didn't write it today, had a similar train of thought as the "light and momentary troubles" verse came to mind with this prompt.
Nice work today!

Malisa said...

I loved the reminder that the sun is always shining whether we can see it or not. And that pain/trials are temporary. Thank you for such a great reminder today, Amy!

Cherie Hill said...

Happy Easter to you friend! May God bless you abundantly with His presence!

Jennifer @ said...

Oh Kathy... You have such a beautiful way.

I, too, love the unique vantage point offered when flying above the clouds. Like we've just been invited to God's secret lookout.

Light abounds, even when we think it's dark.

I hope you had a very hope-filled day, my friend.

You SHINE for Jesus!

Momma Hughes said...


Because of God’s tender mercy,
the morning light from heaven is about to break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to guide us to the path of peace.”

~Luke 1:78 & 79