Brighter and Brighter

0 comments Posted on July 30, 2013

SummerReadinglogo2013Cynthia Ruchti“The path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, shining brighter and brighter until midday” (Proverbs 4:18 HCSB).

My house gets one room larger every summer. Here in the northwoods, the screened gazebo on the deck sees no activity much of the year. But when spring teases and then summer launches itself, loud and proud, into our lives, the screen house becomes my preferred hang out spot, preferred dining area, and definitely my preferred office.

Massive pine trees stand between the screen house and the dawn. So my outdoor office stays cool and shady until almost midday when the sun sneaks past the last of the pine branches.

Despite the beauty of the day, my heart is heavy. A dear, godly friend just found out her young son’s cancer is back with a vengeance.

Some question, “Why? I thought life was supposed to get better and better if you follow Christ.”

But God’s Word says that the path of the righteous—like my friend—grows brighter and brighter, like the sun inching its way past pine branches until it is radiant and warm and blinding in its brilliance.

That’s what we expect to see as we watch my friend and her son on this next leg of their journey. Better and better? Maybe. Brighter and brighter? Without doubt.

In “light” of your disappointments, how is your path growing brighter and brighter? What radiates from you when the sun temporarily sneaks behind a whale-sized cloud?

Ragged Hope

Cynthia Ruchti tells stories of Hope-that-glows-in-the-dark through her novels and nonfiction, in speaking events for women’s groups and writers’ workshops. Her recent releases are the novel When the Morning Glory Blooms (April) and the nonfiction Ragged Hope: Surviving the Fallout of Other People’s Choices (July), both from Abingdon Press. www.cynthiaruchti.com

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