Light Up The Sky

November 11, 2014 by


As I stood in my kitchen the other night listening to this song, I fought back tears as I thanked God for the ways He has moved in my life.

Songs have an incredible way of bringing back memories don’t they? Though it has been a few years, I remember it like it was yesterday.

I can recall how my heart raced with fear as we heard the news. How we simultaneously cancelled plans and packed the car while trying to have faith and trust God.

It was a time of questions and uncertainties, a time of driving back and forth to the hospital and of probing doctors for answers to our questions.

It was a time of listening to a song over and over again, our hearts crying out to God as we longed to feel His presence.

We had no idea of what the future held for our family, but we knew God’s light would shine in the midst of our difficult circumstances. Our voices carried up to Him with faith that His very presence does, indeed, light up the sky.

The Afters put it this way:

When I’m feeling all alone
With so far to go
The signs are nowhere on this road
Guiding me home

When the night is closing in
It’s falling on my skin
Oh God, will You come close?

You light, light, light up the sky
You light up the sky to show
You are with me

And I, I, I can’t deny
No, I can’t deny that You are right here with me
You’ve opened my eyes
So I can see You all around me

While we had to face uncertainties, we could not deny the reality that the Light of the World had our family in His hands. There was no way we could know the future, but as they say, we could be certain of Who held our future in His hands.

So, we sang, with tears and with fears. We cried out for Him to come close while knowing He was already there.

When stars are hiding in the clouds
I don’t feel them shining
When I can’t see beyond my doubt
The silver lining

When I’ve almost reached the end
Like a flood You’re rushing in
Your Love is rushing in

So I run straight to Your arms
You’re the bright and morning Sun
To show Your love
There’s nothing You won’t do

You light, light, light up the sky
You light up the sky
To show me You are with me

And I, I, I can’t deny
No, I can’t deny that You are right here with me
You’ve opened my eyes
So I can see You all around me

While I can’t listen to this song without remembering this challenging time in our lives, I will be eternally thankful that during those dark days, we could focus on the Light that guides our lives and trust in His goodness.

Let me encourage you today that just because you feel alone in the darkness, it doesn’t make that true.

“This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.” ~1 John 1:5 (NKJV)

No matter what I am going through, I cannot listen to this song and not be comforted by the peace of His presence. I hope that it does the same for you.

If you’d like to listen to The Afters sing Light Up The Sky, click here.

To purchase their album, click here.

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To read a wonderful post on this same subject, check out The Power of Light at Renewed Daily by clicking here.

What do you think? How do you search for God’s presence in the midst of dark circumstances?

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35 Responses to Light Up The Sky

  1. Arlene Baker

    I was so comforted by having my praying kids around me! I was praying during the nights seeking a word from the LORD about my future. We had plans to build a company and a life up in this Great Northwest. What word can you give me LORD; what word? As I sought a word and listened (Believe me, the LORD had my undivided attention!) I heard my sweet, gentle FATHER in HEAVEN speak two words; Restoration and Jubilee. Well, my sweet husband went from not knowing family to as normal a husband can be. Lowell has been restored. He has a few issues from the strokes but they are reminders of GOD’s AMAZING GRACE and PROVISION. The LORD is our ROCK and our SALVATION in HIM will I trust!!

  2. Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom

    Beautiful and encouraging my friend.

    I’ve had very dark times but God’s presence floods me when in praise and worship or when reading scripture. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read the same passage hundreds of times and then, all of a sudden, on one day that I need it most, that scripture explodes from the pages and fills my heart and spirit.

    Thank you for sharing.

    • Heather

      Isn’t it incredible when that happens, Jennifer? That’s why the Bible is living and breathing. I love it when the Holy Spirit does that for us. Thank you for sharing that with us, my friend. Blessings to you and yours.

  3. cathie estabrook

    oh my, i don’t know when i will stop crying. they are tears of uncertainty and also thankfulness that God has brought me through seven strokes to being here for all who need me. i sit here a widow with her two sons gone from her physically and one emotionally as well. yet i can say thank you God what do you want from me. use me as you will. this song was a great lifting and i thank you also heather. God bless you and yours.

    • Heather

      What a beautiful testimony of faithfulness to the Lord, Cathie. May He continue to bless you and yours. I love you, my Sister-in-Christ and my friend.

  4. Rick

    What a great example Heather of how God’s message of encouragement and hope can be easily heard and recalled through Christian music. I often times will hum a tune that comes to me and add the words… instant worship service! Interestingly, the song you chose in this time of need came from a group who had almost given up the music business after losing their beloved friend and manager. Then after 2 members left, they tried to regroup and their new drummers best friend died. Through their adversity was birthed this beautiful song that was there for you and your family in your time of need. Praise God!

    • Heather

      Thanks so much for sharing the history of the song and the band, Daddy! I love that you do that. I always forget to. Blessings to you today. I love you.

  5. thebetterbaker11

    What a beautiful God-honoring post. God has given me a SONG for those times in my life, over and over again. I remember well the day my diabetic hubby was having major surgery…I woke up singing a children’s song “Our God is a Great Big God…and He Holds us in His Hands”. I sung/hummed that song ALL.DAY.LONG and couldn’t have stopped if I had tried. I love it when God puts a song in our hearts during those dark days as a reminder to show us just how close HE is to us when we need Him most. Thanks for blessing me again today. XO

    • Heather

      Yes, this happens to me often. It really is impossible to stay down too long when we are singing praises to our King, isn’t it? I was just thinking of you and wondering how things are going for you. Are you settled in?

  6. Julie Lefebure

    A lovely post! I appreciate how you shared your love for music, and how you shared this powerful story in your life. Much truth and encouragement are found in your words. Great is God’s faithfulness! So glad I followed you at Coffee For Your Heart and Three Word Wednesday! Blessings.

    • Heather

      Thank you so much for your kind and encouraging words, Julie! My heart is to encourage my readers and bring the glory to God. Blessings to you and yours.

  7. Kristin Hill Taylor

    I love this song. AND light is my word this year … God has used that single word to teach me so much, so you post really resonated with me. I’m glad you linked up at my place today.

    • Heather

      I am so sad to hear that you feel this way. Please know that I will definitely be praying for you to feel the warmth, peace, and comfort that only God can give. If there is anything I can do for you, please do not hesitate to contact me. Blessings to you and yours.

    • Heather

      I have found this to be very true as well, Bekki. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and to share your thoughts with us. Blessings to you and yours.

  8. Bijee

    This is beautiful! For me i find that different things bring comfort in times of darkness for me – praise and worship, being around family and friends, being alone and having time in my word; it just all depends.
    Thanks for linking up #SHINEbloghop

    • Heather

      That is true, isn’t it, Bijee? We all deal with things in different ways and they differ even within us. Thanks for taking the time to read and leave a comment. Thanks for co-hosting, too! Blessings.

  9. tmpresser

    Thank you for sharing your heart with us at Good Morning Mondays and for reminding us that God is our light and our strength. Blessings

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