Shine and Be Broken

“At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people – everyone whose name is found written in the book – will be delivered. Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt. Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.” – Daniel 12:1-3

To shine like the brightness of the heavens…. unveiled, transparent, clear, noticed, bright. Like the sun and moon which tells us when day or night rise and fall. Leads us, whether north or south, east or west. Illuminates our surroundings and governs the time. The wise will shine! They will lead many to righteousness. Many, like the stars for ever and ever.

Where is wisdom? In a time such as this? Do we recognize her when we meet her face to face? Can we hear her song? Feel her touch?

Proverbs 8 – Does not wisdom call out? Does not understanding raise her voice? My mouth speaks what is true, for my lips detest wickedness… Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold…Counsel and sound judgement are mine… I have insight, I have power…I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me…I was formed long ages ago…I was there when He set the heavens in place…then I was constantly at His side…Now and then my children listen to me; blessed are those who keep my ways…For those who find me find life and receive favor from the Lord. But those who fail to find me harm themselves; all who hate me love death.

We are in a dark time in history where wisdom is needed more then ever but also hidden behind our own version of it. Behind our own prejudices and privileges. No one, including myself, has enough understanding. No one, even me, can see fully clear. We are a broken people. You and I!

It will be for a time, times and half a time. When the power of the holy people has been finally broken, all these things will be completed.” – Daniel 12:7b

I pray we are finally broken; a brokenness that leads to completion. May we find wisdom. May we recognize her voice, see her face, feel her touch. And declare, “there you are! And there HE is!”