The Lord woke me at 4 AM, instructing me to look outside. Because of the previous hostility I encountered, I naturally assumed I was being warned of a danger lurking outside.
When I peeked through the shutters into the dark morning there was nothing to be afraid of. Instead, the Big Dipper constellation was low on the horizon looking larger than normal. I had never seen it in this position before. The Dipper, or scoop, was up at the top with the handle was arching downward. The end of the handle appeared to be resting on the land.
I grabbed my sketchpad and quickly doodled the scene in the dark. By the time I was finished sketching I could no longer see the Big Dipper. The sun began to rise and the early morning light hid the Dipper from view. It was interesting to see only a grey-blue sky knowing the Dipper was still there but no longer visible.
I was overwhelmed by God's kindness to wake me in time to see the spectacular sight before it disappeared. That small encounter was used to fill me with joy in a troublesome time. Even though the light quickly dispelled the darkness and hid the Dipper from view I knew it was still there. Likewise, God reminded me that He was still with me even though I couldn’t see Him. As the light of the sun drove away the darkness, so God by His ultimate power can drive away the dark deeds of the foolish.
“Then I saw that wisdom excels folly as light excels darkness.” Ecclesiastes 2:13
Unto the upright there arises light in the darkness; He is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.” Psalm 112:4
“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;” 1 Peter 2:9
This is a story from my new book coming out soon, titled
"Meant To Be Shared - True Stories of God's Presence in the Life of an Ordinary Person."
The book is a compilation of true stories where God made Himself known to me. It's my prayer these stories will encourage you in your faith and prove there's a loving God who is active in people's lives.