STOP AND THINK – Only in the darkness can you see the stars. (Martin Luther King Jr., civil rights leader)

People who live in urban areas are amazed when they see the night sky in a rural setting for the first time. City lights are reflected from the sky at night, obscuring the view of a brilliant, star-studded canopy overhead. King is alluding to the difficult experiences of life in which we can more clearly see the beauty that exists outside the trying circumstances.

I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. (Romans 8:18)