Finding Light in the Darkness: The Unseen Blessings of Night Seasons

Psalm 17:3  …thou hast visited me in the night…

The night seasons of our journey are not the most pleasant, but perhaps they are the most impactful. We typically use “night” as a metaphor of all the dark times we experience throughout life; however, let us consider the benefits of night. First, were it not for night, we could not appreciate light! So it is with life; were it not for those dark times we experience, we would know nothing of the rays of hope that God shines into our hearts; the darker the night, the brighter God’s light becomes to us!

Second, night is a time of rest. Jesus said in John 9:4, “...the night cometh, when no man can work.” When we go through hard times, our vision is often blurred, our understanding darkened, and our capabilities minimized. This is not always a bad thing, for it is then we learn best the importance of relying upon the hand of the Lord to see us through! In essence, while we are trying to do something, or trying to figure it out, our Lord is bidding us to rest in Him for the night. Morning will come soon enough, when He shall employ our services with a fresh anointing!

Third, the absolute best benefit of the night is that we get personal visits from our Lord! His timing is always impeccable! God is never a day late or a dollar short; in fact, He is careful to select the times in our lives where His visits will be most appreciated, needed, comforting, and impactful. It is true that in our lives, the darkest night is just before dawn. If you’re in a night season, I promise according to the authority of the Word of God, that He shall visit you in your darkness when you least expect Him to!

When I thought that my hour of darkness couldn’t get any worse, and I took as much as I could possibly take from the fears and insecurities of the storm, at that very moment God paid me a visit! I had heard of Him doing so for others, always fearing that my day would never come. Have you ever been there; a night so dark that you doubted God would even care? Rest assured, my beloved reader, that our Lord cares for you! One day you will hear Him knocking at your heart’s door, just to pay you a visit!

It is His Holy visitations that have transformed my life, enabling me to put on the garments of praise for the spirit of heaviness. I bless the name of the Lord for visiting me in the night, and fully expect Him to do the same for you!

~ Pastor Gary Caudill
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