Jerry Falwell, my late chancellor, used to say that “it is often darkest before the dawn.” I used to hate it when he said that too. “That is not encouraging or motivating,” I would think to myself.
Then I got to thinking that maybe he had a point. Maybe the dawn would not be nearly as welcome, as radiant, or as glorious had the night before not been so dark and blinding. Maybe sight would not be so sweet had our vision and direction been skewed. Perhaps the colors of a victorious sunrise would not be as vibrant had we not walked in a wilderness absent of every other hue. Perhaps we would not know how to sing for joy in the morning had we not wept hopelessly the night before.
And we would never know that the power that raised Christ from the dead dwelt in us if we never called on it.
1 Peter 5:10 says “So keep a firm grip on the faith. The suffering won’t last forever. It won’t be long before this generous God who has great plans for us in Christ—eternal and glorious plans they are!—will have you put together and on your feet for good. He gets the last word; yes, he does.” (The Message)