I have already established the fact that thoughts come out of my mouth before I have given them much thought, in other words you don’t have to wonder what I am thinking, if you stick around long enough you will hear it from my own mouth! So this morning I was feeling sentimental about it being the year anniversary of my dad’s glorious day, and I wrote a status on my Twitter account that surprised me, I liked it and realized that it was a true saying so I wrote it again on my Facebook status, now I am bring it to you after having done a little extra research on it. If you have read my status today you probably already know what it is, “8 is the number of new beginnings and that is today!”
According to the “Preacher” who wrote Ecclesiastes chapter 3 says, “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven: A time to be born, And a time to die; A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted; A time to kill, And a time to heal; A time to break down, And a time to build up; A time to weep, And a time to laugh; A time to mourn, And a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, And a time to gather stones; A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing; A time to gain, And a time to lose; A time to keep, And a time to throw away; A time to tear, And a time to sew; A time to keep silence, And a time to speak; A time to love, And a time to hate; A time of war, And a time of peace.”
Number 8 is the number of new beginnings. For example, 7 days in a week – 8 Begins a new week. There are 7 years of tribulation in Revelation then comes the 8th year the new beginning. A male baby was to be circumcised and dedicated to the Lord on the 8th day, Noah was the 8th person to enter the Ark. In the bible, the number eight is associated with resurrection and regeneration as it is seven plus one. The number 8 in Hebrew is Sh’moneh which when used as a participle means ‘one who abounds in strength’ while as a noun it means ‘superabundant fertility’.
Wow, by the time I had read all of those things my head was really spinning and I got excited! I knew that the Spirit had dropped that into my thinking so I wondered what He had in mind for me now! We have had a year of actual mourning the loss we had and I know we will never get over missing his huge presence in this home and in our lives but I felt like I heard him telling me this morning that it was time to do what King David did when he was told that his son was dead. He would not eat and lay on the floor mourning and praying, on the 7th day the boy died. Day 8 for King David but upon receiving the news of his death got up off the of the ground, washed his face, changed clothes, went and worshipped the Lord and then requested for the servants to bring him food to eat.
So friends and neighbors, it is time to give my house a good cleaning, a little face lift for it is already in progress and to see if there is something new that God wants me to do!
Yes I am excited! God told the children of Israel to march around Jericho 7 times and it fell into the ground so they could possess the Promised Land, which they were able to begin a new life in on the 8th day.
Maybe it is the 8th day for you in your own life? What have you been holding on to, grieving over, and putting your life on hold for? Whatever it is I am here to tell you that Psalm 30:5 “… weeping endures for the night but joy comes in the morning!” My interpretation of that is going to be this “Weeping has endured for a year but today is the 8th day and joy has returned this morning!”