arise and shine, for His light has come

Autumn colors & rain

“Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the Lord will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you.” (Isaiah 60:1-2)

This we know — sometimes it takes darkness to truly see light, and maybe this is it. October is here and seasons are changing; the world is slowing down and the nature portrays this so beautifully, with a vast range of colors displayed on the trees. The world is slowly coming to a stop as everything gets ready for winter and for the frost to take over. We prepare ourselves alongside with the nature, preparing ourselves for this time of quietness and darkness to come.

It does not make sense, that this would be the time His bright shining glory would show itself and yet — maybe this is exactly the reason. Sometimes this deep darkness will have to cover us so that we can recognize His glorious light shining in the midst of our circumstances, in our souls. It is in the cold, that we better feel the warmth of His loving touch on our hearts.

So maybe this is just the reason — when we face deep darkness, when we brave the cold of the world. He will set a fire burning within us, this warm light that calls us and those lost in the world closer to Christ. We see the light, this radiant glory of the Lord and so, we can arise and shine with the light that He has set within us. So we need these seasons of darkness to see that the Light has come — and we can set out ourselves, to shine bright.

“Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light.” (Matthew 17:1-2)

Is it not so true for all of us, that when we are faced with the darkness and the emptiness of this world — we see our need for Jesus, how desperate we are for His grace every single day and oh, how my heart is trying to grasp this here. That we get to be transformed by the glory of the Lord, the same glory that transfigured Him — His face shining like the sun, His clothes white as the light.

Maybe you do not see it like I do, this bright shining glory that I cannot stop writing about and yet — this is so beautiful I never want to let go. So I pray that you would see it too, His face shining like the sun and those eyes filled with tender grace, those lips that curve into a gentle smile to welcome you in. I pray that you see His scarred hands, reaching for you and how He clothes are as the light though He bled scarlet to wash you white.

I pray that you would see His glory, and the glorious grace that fills this earth and all His creation. The glory of the Lord will rise upon you; the light will come. Bright shining like the sun, His light will come and take over your darkness. You can arise; you can shine. You can trust that His light will be with you and within you, as you go about your days and shine Love around those who do not know Him yet.

And maybe, you can join me in this journey, searching to see the glory of the Lord in the everyday. You will be amazed by His beauty.

“The sun shall no longer be your light by day, nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you; but the Lord will be to you an everlasting light, and your God your glory.” (Isaiah 60:19)

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  • Sharita ~7DaysTime (@7DaysTime)

    Ah! This is our key verse at 7 Days Time. So thankful for this encouragement today, Ronja. :-) Blessings to you, dear friend.

    • Ronja

      I can see so well why this would be a key verse! This verse really keeps doing things to my heart, and makes me want to arise and shine, to join the Lord in His work. Thank you for all these sweet words today, Sharita! They were such a blessing to me! :)

  • Erin Kelly

    I love the Isaiah verse! The darkness we all go through makes His light that much more brilliant. Thank you for sharing. Erin www.itallmattersmom.com Stopping by from the Woman to Woman linkup!

    • Ronja

      Isn't it amazing how these beautiful verses just add so much more meaning to our lives! We get to experience more of the Lord in whatever we are going through. We just have to keep our hearts open to see Him, to see His light. Thank you for stopping by, Erin! :) Blessings!

  • Victoria

    Thank you for linking up with Susannah and I!!! First of all, I love that picture at the top of your post! :) And the glory of our Lord DOES shine bright. I long for the fog of this world to clear so that I can see Him for who He is and everything else in light of that!

    • Ronja

      Thank you so much for your sweet words and encouragement, Victoria! What a blessing this was to me!! :) I'm so glad you stopped by, Victoria!

  • lperkowski

    I see His bright shining light! Thank you for the great read. In my experience, sometimes I need the pain and struggle to turn me back towards God...the One and Only who can fix it all.

    • Ronja

      Thank you for stopping by, Laura! I have had times of hurting and hardships and at the end of it, I can see how it all just made me turn back to Him. So thankful that the Lord does so, that He is so patient with us!

  • Judith Kowles

    I loved your description of the season winding down. I love how you write, Ronja. I hope to drop by again.

    • Ronja

      Thank you so much for these sweet words of encouragement, Judith! It's a blessing to have you visit here!

  • coachmbrown

    Light throughout the bible refers to knowledge and awareness of truth and God's glory - which are one. It is also true that where there is no light there is also no life! Death and darkness are connected. Even a small flicker of truth shines bright in the darkness corner of our lives... thanks for sharing.

    • Ronja

      Thank you so much for sharing this, for adding more to this!