Sunrise! Get Up!

Sat, November 6, 2021

Well before coffee, groggy in bed, and trying to orient on my phone, I heard a hushed, but insistent, voice say, “Sunrise, get up!

On alert now due to the urgency in my brother’s tone, I staggered out to the patio in time to witness and capture a glorious sunrise.  It was a spiritually inspiring and mentally energizing way to start the day and I was very glad that I hadn’t missed it!

It’s truly amazing how sunrises and sunsets made possible by God’s intelligent design can be so visually stunning and personally engaging.  One ushers in a new beginning, the other signals a necessary ending that will eventually lead us to another new beginning!  And though they happen every day we often take no notice of them.

Like transitions between day and night, God’s everlasting love allows and provides​ us both sunrises and sunsets, in all areas of our lives-physical, mental, relational, emotional, vocational, financial, etc…We get more excited about new beginnings, which offer hope for what’s ahead, rather than endings, which feel loss over what’s past. Going through a sunset involving loss and being in the dark about the future can be particularly difficult.  In such times, it’s important to remember that God lovingly promises and provides a sunrise and new beginning ahead after and for every sunset.  Count on it!

The earth, sun, and atmospheric refraction remind us of this.  So too, the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after a grim crucifixion!  Let’s keep our eyes open and hearts anchored in God’s certain sunrises

Let each morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.
Psalm 143:8
This I call to mind and therefore I have hope: The faithful love of the Lord never ends and keeps us from destruction!
His compassions never cease or fail
They are new and begin afresh each morning; Great is his faithfulness
I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion, therefore I will wait for him.” 
The LORD is good to those who depend on him, to the one who seeks and hopes in him.
Lamentations 3:21-25
Be strong in the love and grace uniquely found in Jesus!  -Pastor Steve