Experiencing The Darkness So That I Might Better See The Light

I'm watching the last rays of the sun quickly fade from the winter sky. The sun set awhile ago but here on the eastern edge of the American great plains, the sunset lingers around for a bit as there is little to block out the view. How I love the light!

In my part of the world, the sun sets around 4:30 p.m. in late December and doesn't rise again until nearly 8:00 the next morning. When you combine that with biting cold racing down across the Canadian plains effectively forming a pocket of cold air which forces warm western winds to dip further south, winter is pretty cold, long and dark.

As the days lengthen, I really do cherish each minute of more light. It's hard to understand unless you've been plunged into dark, subzero cold for an extended period of time. You love the light for it means there will eventually be an end to the bitter cold and spring will finally come.

I can see the first star (actually planet) hanging overhead as I peer out my window right now. It's been there all along but I just couldn't see it's beautiful light...until I was surrounded by the darkness.

There is light we will never behold unless we experience some darkness.

K :princess:

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Linda Young @savedbyegrace ·

K, you may be blogging about physical light and darkness, but everything you say also applies to spiritual light and spiritual darkness. I think we don't fully appreciate the light until we are in darkness. And in darkness, we know and remember the light.

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K Reynolds @kreynolds ·

Amen, Gracie...

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K Reynolds @kreynolds ·

But the sunrises and sunsets, in East Tennessee, at least, just weren't quite as beautiful as they are up here on the edge of the great plains. The mountains got in the way.

Oh yes, I am a star gazer, Alight. My older brother tells me that when I was very small he would awaken in the night to sometimes see me standing up in my bed with the curtains pushed aside, the moonlight streaming through the window and my eyes upon the stars. Yes, the evening "star" I saw was actually Venus. It is so bright and beautiful in the sky right now! Needless to say, light pollution really annoys me. It's not nearly as bad as in a lot of places but it still annoys me.

One summer, my husband and I were traveling with a group of teens to Boulder, CO. Due to some circumstances beyond our control, part of the team would have to leave at a later time. Some of us drove on ahead stopping at a friend of mine's home west of Omaha. In order to arrive in Boulder when we needed to, we were going to have to drive all night. As someone who loves to drive at night and is a "power driver", I was the designated driver. I slept while others enjoyed the hospitality of my friends.

We got ready to meet up with the rest of our team at 1:30 a.m. I remember stepping outside and gasping at the sight above me. Oh the stars! I drove all night across the Nebraska plains and into Colorado, feasting on the beautiful display of lights before me.

Oh how I love the stars!

K :princess:

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K Reynolds @kreynolds ·

@ Alight,

I got so busy talking about the stars that I forgot to tell you, the sun doesn't set here until after 9:00 p.m. in the summer and it doesn't start getting dark until around 10:00 p.m. or so. That's when I really stock up on sunlight!

K :princess:

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Laurie Gustafson @childofjesus ·

Amen thats so kool and like grace said it applies spiritually too.

God Bless you,
-Laurie

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Ramona Meek @ilovehimso ·

Princess, this is so very true. I think my darkness is what has made me so "light" in His love these days.

And another thing about light: a flashlight in a brightly lit room is useless ... have to take it in to someone else's darkness for it to be a blessing.

Thanks for sharing this with me today.

So much love for you, in Him, Mona

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