While singing the song "10,000 Reasons," this verse gripped me: "Let me be singing when the evening comes."
I don't know about you, but I want to be singing when the evening comes. It's easy to sing in the morning but in the evening is when darkness sets in. Have you noticed America never sees July 4th fireworks until it is dark enough? I can imagine 10,000 children asking their parents, "Daddy, Mommy, when will the fireworks start?" Parents in vain will try to explain to their children, "It's not dark enough!" I wonder if there's a blessing about darkness that we as God's children don't understand? I have learned there are some blessings we only see during the dark night of our souls.
You will notice when the fireworks begin, you no longer focus on the dark night but are mesmerized by the awesome bright lights exploding, penetrating the dark sky and shaking the earth with a loud boom. The darkness only enhances and seems to energize the fireworks as they dance on heaven's ceiling. As I watched the fireworks last year, I sensed the Lord saying, "Bill, that's you! That's My people. The world will begin to see My people like fireworks in their darkest night."
"I'm setting the stage using the backdrop of gross darkness. So far the world has only heard the enemy play his out-of-tune instrument since he fell like lightning from heaven. He lost his place in the choir. But I have an orchestra about to be heard from in the nations. And this is the part where My grand finale comes in to be seen and heard. My explosive fireworks will cause multitudes to look up and be in awe and draw them out of darkness. My salvation, healing, deliverance and glory, captivating those in darkness, will begin to fall down upon them shaking the earth."
"Keep singing and worshipping Me as the evening comes. You are My grand finale in the darkness."
Bill Yount has been a member of Bridge of Life in Hagerstown, Maryland, where he is now an elder and a home missionary for the past 40 years. He faithfully served in prison ministry at Mount Hope Inc. for 23 years and now travels full-time, ministering in churches and Aglow circles. He is currently an adviser at large for Aglow International. Bill has authored several prophetic books. His latest book is The Power of Real / Transparent Prophetic Encouragement. His prophetic email list is: billyountweekly.com. Visit Bill's website at billyount.com.
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