I am watching the most beautiful sunrise this morning! I have not slept for this whole night because my mother wouldn’t sleep and I couldn’t go to sleep knowing she might need help and I wouldn’t hear her. Finally at six this morning I made a pot of coffee and decided to go up on the porch to see if I could see the “Blood Moon”. The moon was in full eclipse but as I was searching the sky for it I heard a whining noise that caused me to look over the rail at my swimming pool and there saw a dog, drowning! At first I thought about calling for help but who would want to come help me this early in the morning, plus I was afraid that the poor dog would die before anyone came. So barefoot and half naked I went down the stairs to play hero to the drowning black and white canine! I don’t know if you know this about me but even with that beautiful pool in my yard not only do I NOT know how to swim but also the reason for that is that I am very afraid of the water! SO it took more than a little nerve to go down there to try and get it out. By the time I got down there it was in the swim-out but couldn’t pull it’s self out. I reached down, a little afraid the poor creature might try to bite me in it’s hysteria, got it under the left front leg and a hand full of hair and fell backwards pulling it, SUCCESS!! The dog ran and out the back gate (which had been left open and I intend to find out WHY that gate was not locked as it is supposed to be) and I quickly closed it. Immediately, as if it realized it had forgotten to thank me, it turned around and tried to come back in, I said “No way little buddy, you had one new start this morning we are not taking a chance on another one!” Which then brought a new thought to me! Today is October 8 and you know what I am going to say next don’t you? “8 is the number of new beginnings and that is today!” I did a little research…
According to the “Preacher” who wrote Ecclesiastes chapter 3, “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 8 is associated with resurrection and regeneration as it is 7 plus 1. 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!
Every month on the eighth day I stop for a moment and count the months since my dad died as he died on May 8th 2013. We spent 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 at the end of the first year I felt like I heard him telling me 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. But on 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, what have you been “mourning” about? Is it the end of a relationship? A long time job? An ended friendship? The loss of youth? Consider this, it is time to give your mind and heart a good cleansing, and see if there is something new that God wants you to do!
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 you long enough!
Today is the 8th day and joy has returned this morning!” Get out there and make it a good day!