It was cold. It was dark. And the van wouldn’t start.
When I was in university in Texas, a group of us decided to go skiing in Colorado over winter break. We borrowed a VW bus and headed off on the 15-hour drive through the plains of Texas. In the middle of the night, the accelerator cable seized as we were driving along at 100 km/h. It was fine in the open country, but whenever we came to a town, we had to turn off the ignition to slow down. This allowed us to stop and dislodge the cable but flooded the engine. We would have to sit and wait (in the cold, deserted town) and then hope it would start again. About 5:30 a.m., we limped into Raton, New Mexico. An open diner, a hot cup of coffee, a warm breakfast, and a rising sun gave us confidence that we were going to be okay.
We all have our “nights” when things are uncertain, fear creeps into our bones, and it seems like the world and events are working against us. But in Christ, we know that there is always a new day dawning, and the joy of Christ can break through the coldest, darkest night.
God of new beginnings, shine in our hearts and give us hope and anticipation for a new day. Amen. — PCH