All New Things Begin in Darkness: Transitioning Through Your Dark Night–Personal Poetic Responses–Part 4

The darkest hour appears just before the dawning of a new day, as, indeed, all new things begin in darkness.
What follows is the final excerpt from the prophetic word entitled All New Things Begin in Darkness: Transitioning Through Your Dark Night posted as an e-letter by John Paul Jackson, interspersed with original poetry at strategic points, as I read the words of exhortation. This is Part 4 of the message that has been posted over the last few days. Click here to view the message without the poetic inserts:

The secret is this: No matter how dark your transitional time has been, you were always going to make it in God’s book, even during these times when the light has been hidden from you. If God is your Captain, you will survive this year — and the next year and the one after that.       

The reference to God as our “Captain” brought to mind this vernacular piece of poetry                                                                “Sumpn bout to  Happen” with a refrain: “ Yes, Siree Bob, Look out now! I tell you Cap’n”:

 Sump’n’ bout to Happen

For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth

in pain together until now.

And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits     

of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves,

waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

Romans 8:22-23 (King James Version)

 

My stomach is a growlin; there’s a rumblin in my soul.

Good things keep on happenin, and now I’m on a roll,

Like I been workin in the mines and nearly bout to strike some gold;

I been pressin toward the mark, and I’m bout to reach my goal.

 

Yes, Siree Bob, Look out now! I tell you Cap’n,

I don’t know what it is but sump’n bout to happen!

 

My heart is beatin fast, and my palms is startin to itch.

Watch out good people, I’m bout to strike it rich.

With bases loaded, all I need is one good pitch.

Yes, Siree Bob, Look out now! I tell you Cap’n.

 

I’m lookin like a winner—aint no way I can fail

Cause I pulled two lucky cards: “Collect $200” and “Don’t go to jail.”

And I just can’t wait to run right on home and check the mail.

I don’t know what it is but sump’n bout to happen!

 

I can’t figure it out, but somehow I just know

That God is good and I’m movin and groovin in the flow.

Some folks want me to hang aroun, but I just got to go.

Yes, Siree Bob, Look out now! I tell you Cap’n.

 

Everything is comin together just like someday I knowed it would.

I got this funny kinda feelin and it show nuff feels good.

I’m tryin to make you feel it too—Oh, how I wish I could.

I don’t know what it is but sump’n bout to happen!

 

It’s more than a woozy kinda feelin I’m trying to convey.

Yall may think I’m crazy, but I don’t care what yall say.

I’m like a little boy who can’t wait to greet each new day:

I can’t rightly describe it, but somethin great is on the way.

 

Yes, Siree Bob, Look out now! I tell you Cap’n,

I don’t know what it is but sump’n bout to happen!

 

But for right now, as God transitions you and you walk through intense times of not knowing, don’t lose hope. As the sun rises from behind the peaks and you see life again for the first time in months … you’re going to fall in love all over again. God never leaves His children in the dark. You’ll see.

As I concluded this most inspiring prophetic word, I recognized that you cannot “lose hope” if you are “Anchored in Hope”:

 Anchored in Hope

[Now] we have this [hope] as a sure and steadfast anchor                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   of the soul [it cannot slip and it cannot break down under                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         whoever steps out upon  it–a hope] that reaches farther                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                and enters into [the very certainty of the Presence] within the veil,                                                                                                                   

Hebrews 6:19 [Amplified Bible]                  

 With deepest gratitude for all that I have learned:

That God is so good. As far as I am concerned,

 My heart remains fixed; I continue to seek your face,

Striving to please you, to be faithful to the end.

Despite life’s trials, I press on to reach this place:

No longer a bondslave but esteemed as a friend.

In this time between Passover and Pentecost

We look up, as the fullness of time shall reveal

The King of Glory, before whom all souls shall kneel,

The Kinsman Redeemer sent to redeem the lost.

Watching, waiting, in my heart I have prepared room,

Assured by the promise of the faithful bridegroom.

Looking to see far beyond my limited scope,

I am steadfast– my soul remains anchored in hope. 

Closing Comments:

Music has become an important part of my life. Even as a child, I was fascinated with music, especially song lyrics which seemed so easy to memorize. In the poem “Song Since” I express my love for music from an early age. Some lyrics I did not fully appreciate until later in life, as this stanza reveals:

Some of my songs I sang before I knew

Any of the reasons to cherish them,

Of simple black people, humble and who

Drank in renewed strength from their vintage hymn.

 As a child I have fond memories of singing in the Junior Choir, where I recall “leading” my first song at the age of eight or nine. Actually I did not “sing,” but I narrated the verses while the choir sang the lyrics to “On Christ, the Solid Rock,” a “vintage hymn,” which resounds with “hope”:

My hope is built on nothing less                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale
My anchor holds within the veil.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

His oath, His covenant, and blood
Support me in the whelming flood;
When every earthly prop gives way,
He then is all my Hope and Stay.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh, may I then in Him be found,
Clothed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne!
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.                               .

As believers we all attempt to navigate through a period of sustained darkness, the dark night of the soul, and many times our lives are sometimes bombarded with negative emotions, three of which are disappointment, discouragement, and despair. While these “three deadly Ds” can have a progressively devastating impact upon a believer, as “Disappointment” can lead to “Discouragement” which can ultimately produce “Despair,” their total toxic effects can be neutralized, as we go to the Word of God. Where we have been disappointed by failed expectations, we can extract positive expectations from the exceeding great and precious promises of the Word. Where we have been discouraged, we can instill courage into our lives from the Word of God, from other believers, or we can, like David, “encourage ourselves in the Lord.” And finally where we have been in despair over situations that have occurred, we can from the Word of God inject into our lives“hope–a joyful, confident expectation of a future good.” Just as the caustic effects of strong acids can be neutralized by adding strong alkaline substances or bases which produce a salt, so we implement the Word of God which is our strong base to totally neutralize the effects of three potentially devastating elements, whereby we “have salt within ourselves.” We also counteract the negative force of unbelief  when we act as Abraham, the father of faith,  who did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God:

Romans 4:17-21 (New King James Version)

17 (as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”) in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did;

18 who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, “So shall your descendants be.”

19 And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb.

20 He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God,

21 and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.

On that hopeful note, I conclude  All New Things Begin in Darkness: Transitioning Through Your Dark Night by John Paul Jackson with personal poetic responses with “On Christ, the Solid Rock,” one of my most memorable hymns from childhood. This rendition is by Avalon, contemporary Christian music group:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NM7vodGhOaE&feature=related

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