This is the Day…Sunday
June 14, 1944
“Because of the Lord’s great love, we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion; therefore, I will wait for Him.’” (Lamentations 3:22-24)
Late last summer, Ronda and I moved from our long-time home near downtown Burlington to a subdivision in the southern part of the county. We took this opportunity to downsize the square footage of our home since we simply did not need all that space. In return we upsized the scope of our yard. Now, instead of spending 40 minutes push mowing the lawn, I spend nearly an hour and a half on a riding mower at full speed. But I do not mind. Any activity that gives me an excuse to be outside is good to me.
I have discovered some other benefits to getting away from the city. One is all the new friends I have found in the woods near our house. The deer are everywhere along with beaver, squirrels, rabbits, and Jake the snake’s complete extended family. But the greatest gift I have discovered living in the country is not an animal at all. It is God’s perfect picture that He paints every morning.
Our previous home was on a corner lot, surrounded by other houses and many large pine and oak trees. All these obstacles made it impossible to see the horizon. But our new location gives us a clear view, especially of the eastern horizon. And that is where God hangs a new, colorful picture every morning. Every clear morning, I am amazed at the colors that God will use to show off each sunrise. Sunrises are like snowflakes. No two are exactly the same. Every morning there is a new sunrise to experience. A new set of colors organized perfectly.
Sunrises are like God’s alarm clock. If we take time to notice them, they awaken our soul and reveal to us the absoluteness of God’s presence. Every morning God very deliberately reminds us of His love and faithfulness. He sends us a message that, regardless of what challenges this day may bring, we will not face them alone. God faithfully orchestrates the beautiful colors, and gently awakens the world, almost begging us to notice Him today. And all this occurs, just like clockwork, every single morning.
On this day God has given you allow your soul to be awakened by His presence. Live your day deliberately. Seek out God’s presence as you travel through this day. And if you missed the sunrise this morning, do not worry. As sure as God lives, there will be another one tomorrow morning.