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Topic: Twilight Years of Life (07/02/09)
TITLE: God's Twilight Zone
By Karen Pourbabaee
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“I would rather walk in the dark with God than go alone in the
light” Mary Gardner Brainard
Twilight has its advantages. Though your 85 year old aunt might clearly articulate a few of the disadvantages when you inquire “How’s it going?”, walking with God in His twilight zone is a journey that we must all experience many times in our lives until that final twilight is upon us. Yet all of our journeys in Christ lead us to one final destination: into His marvelous light.
As the sun escapes from God’s sky, evening’s twilight settles in and a spiritual sojourn commences. As darkness encroaches, our travels will ultimately depend on our response to His word in James 4:8, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” (NAS) Draw, being a verb, implies action…to move, to approach, to bring forth, to elicit, to provoke. Yes, God desires for us to provoke Him! To elicit His action! To cause Him to bring forth all that He has in mind for us! Indeed, to offer us a cup of cool water during our lengthy and sometimes arduous sojourn.
His word in James 4:8 reminds us that when we take one step into twilight and call His name, He is there in an instant, whether we perceive it or not. He travels with us through the darkness until morning’s twilight arrives and we cross the line to our destination arrayed in His light.
For many, twilight begins in fear, doubt, and pain. Do not begrudge the pain, for God has called us to carry our cross daily and follow Him. To develop our spiritual muscles so we can push through the fear and doubt into faith. It is these experiences in darkness that draw us closer to our Father. We begin to hear Him more clearly and relish His love in ever increasing depth. We learn the lessons He has prepared for us when we were just a thought.
Perseverance brings breakthrough… a time of peace and rest, as if God Himself is saying, “Job well done…take your rest now”. The end of morning’s twilight becomes a time of closure, either of this earthly life itself or to a season of life. Identifying with Paul, we can declare, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7 NAS)
Morning’s twilight is breaking. The birds belt out their morning melodies. Cool breezes whisper softly. Expectation is in the air. God is near. Just as He was with us in the darkness, He promises to be our constant companion in the light. Whether it be in this world or the next, it is His marvelous light that we see when we are transported out of God’s twilight zone. Let us welcome the dawn!
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