Saturday, December 14, 2013

The Son Also Rises!

There are a few things in life that never cease to amaze me. The miracle of the new life of a baby growing in the womb. Snow. The depth and width of an ocean. How a boat floats and how a plane flies. The vastness of the sky. The beauty of autumn leaves and the equal beauty of spring life. And a sunrise. 

Lately, I've been driving to work as the sun is rising. Yesterday was especially beautiful. The sky was filled with a gorgeous shade of red. I remembered hearing this saying when I was a child: "Red sky in morning, sailor take warning. Red sky at night-sailor's delight." We are expecting more snow today, so perhaps this was our warning. It didn't seem like a warning though. If I wasn't driving, I would have been transfixed on this sight.

Sunsets are beautiful in their own way. But there is something different about a sunrise. Sunsets mean the end of the day. Time to rest. Time to sleep. Time for darkness. 

Sunrises never cease to amaze me because each day dawns with new promise of life. Most of us don't pay much attention to the sunrise. Often, we are sleeping, especially in the summer, when the sun rises very early. As I drove through the sleepy town of Peapack, NJ yesterday morning, I saw the usual people out walking their dogs, jogging, and coming out of the bakery with their coffee, in the newly dawning day. Life as usual. We get up and get going. 

How often do we stop to think of the miracle of a new day? New mercies. New promises. New possibilities. New beginnings. New life. New choices. New opportunities. A new "now." But everything exposed by the light becomes visible--and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. This is why it is said: 'Wake up sleeper, rise from the dead and Christ will shine on you.' (Eph 5:13-14)

Whatever we have done in darkness will be exposed by the light. But once we awaken, Christ will shine His light on us. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh (Ez 36:26). 

Every new day is like a do-over! The possibilities are endless! You don't have to carry that guilt and shame around with you from yesterday. Let it go. It's a new day! That thing you messed up yesterday? The Son has risen on a new opportunity! If you have an "attitude of gratitude" each morning, you will never cease to be amazed at the wonder of the new day, for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. And you will go out and leap like calves released from the stall. (Malachi 4:2)

Blessings Along the Path,

Song of the Day:
Feeling Good (Michael Buble)
(the video is a bit strange, but the song is great!)

Video of the Day:
Spring Turnout for the Cows & Calves
(a bit tedious, but there is some leaping!)

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