John and I sat in our backyard, watching the clouds roll through with the incoming storm. The sun peeked through occasionally as if it was playing hide and seek. As dark as the clouds were, the sun was insistent. It would not be blocked.

With Christmas behind us and the New Year looming, it was easy to segue into a conversation about the year that was about to wrap up. A year filled with both good and bad, what I chose to focus on determined whether I saw the light or the dark.

There was a lot of both.

Looking at tragedies worldwide, it’s hard not to recognize the harshness of our planet. Politics for power instead of the people, terrorism taking lives, people dying from starvation, poor living conditions, and natural disasters, human trafficking. People question who the real enemy is.

Our country. Everyone feels entitled to do things the way they think it should be done. Absolute truth has gone out the window; right and wrong have become relative, shaped by personal opinion rather than truth.

On a personal level, I had people close to me die, family situations that have presented ongoing challenges that have me stumped, and constant feelings of inadequacy and incompetence that hang on my heart and lie to my soul. I have grands who have suffered medical issues that have been unending. Disappointments that always seem present.

The bad will be there. Brokenness breeds pain. At all levels.

But the Light. There is always the Light. Globally, people are reaching out to help those in need in new and creative ways. Choosing personal sacrifice over convenience. Help happens because people choose right over wrong, truth over injustice.

In our country, people are embracing different in a way that doesn’t always demand entitlement. People are being cared for, in spite of the fact that the media only trumpets the harsh and not the hope.

Personally, I’ve had friends who’ve birthed long-awaited children, our daughter got married to the man of her dreams. John and I have had the chance to engage people in their hurts and help them, listening, offering whatever we could, valuing them with being present. We’ve experienced true joy in our family because we’re family.

The dark cannot block the Light. Not even in the darkest of days.

It’s easy to be overwhelmed by things that don’t go the way I’d like them to. That’s the reality of life.

But God.

He is good, all the time. With selfishness driving people continually, disappointment and despair ever-present, there’s no reason for us to think there’d be any good at all.

But God.

His goodness covers our world. It rains on those who are good and not so good. The sun shines on those who choose right and those who don’t. There will always be bad things that happen to good people and vice versa.

He hears us. He listens to the pleas of hurting hearts. And He often uses bad things to bring good results.

In this coming year, the coming decade, choose to focus on His Light. His promises. His presence.

He offers Light in the midst of the greatest of darkness.

 

 

 

10 responses »

  1. Penny Wermer says:

    “Brokenness breeds pain. At all levels. But the Light.” Thanks for such a good wake up reminder this morning as I reflect on the old and anticipate the 2020 Vision He has for all of us to embrace. That vision IS full of light and hope if we choose to remember the truth you encapsulated. I wish you a happy new year, it even more pray for a new and all encompassing sense of His light in your life, even in those horribly dark, scary and painful moments. Love you so much.

    • daylerogers says:

      Oh, Pen, I’m grateful for your words of hope and encouragement. Even in the writing of truth, there’s a sense of doubt. The “what if?” The questions we won’t have answers to until we go home to be with Him. I appreciate you, my dear friend. It’s too long in-between times of seeing each other. Hopefully, this year will bring space and time together. Love you.

  2. […] Dayle: When The Old Passes and The New Comes. […]

    • daylerogers says:

      You, my friend, are more than gracious. What a sweet gift–know I’m very grateful. I’m grateful you also got nominated. This old tech toad doesn’t really know how to do things like that. But you are truly an inspiration to me. Thanks, Katers!

      • I am hoping that others will be exposed to your thoughts and writings. I nominated you because I trust my readers with you. You have wisdom from God and I am so grateful to you!!

      • daylerogers says:

        Wow. What encouragement, my friend. Thank you for that. I’ve not ever had that–and may I say I’m super thrilled you were nominated as well. Getting our hearts out there, led by a gracious Father and driven by the Holy Spirit, is a choice. I’m really proud of you.

  3. Thank you–even though those words seem inadequate. 🙂 Happy New Year!! 🙂

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