A new day.
"And the evening and the morning were the first day."
In God's Kingdom, days start at night.
The way He set up creation is not how we live life in western culture. According to the way we tell time, it becomes a new day is when it goes from 11:59 PM to 12:00 AM. For instance, two days ago we crossed over not just into a new day but a whole new year from 11:59 PM Dec 31, 2021 to midnight Jan 1, 2022.
But God's kingdom is not like ours in how we tell time. His days begin at sunset. Everyone of the days of creation in Genesis 1 are described as "the evening and the morning" was the first day, second day, third day, etc. Evening first, then morning. In God's timing a new day always begins in darkness.
I was talking with two people this week and I found myself sharing about when we feel like we are or have been going through dark times:
First, you have to know the darkness you are experiencing is evidence that a new day is coming for you. God's process of creation and recreation often begins in darkness.
Second, in God's kingdom there cannot be perpetual darkness. Darkness always precedes daylight. There is a time or a season for night, but there is also a time and a season for day.
What do I mean by darkness? It can be a darkness of soul, when we feel those low emotions, or in a relationship, or maybe just not having hope that the future can ever get better or see a way out-- the very presence of that darkness is proof positive that daybreak is coming.
"To everything there is a season, and a time for everything under the heavens."