As the gold ball rises, pouring light through the trees and penetrating the morning fog with slated rays…hope begins to rise.
A surge of wonder plays witness to the newness of this day.
Psalm 19:6: “It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is deprived of its warmth.
It’s quiet. My heart has room to breathe and to feel ahead of the “what lies before” of this coming day, if only for a few precious minutes.
Watching the sun rise, taking her place and warming the earth, shining aglow day after day – it reminds me gently, yet strongly, what God is politely asking of me. To faithfully rise each day and take my special place here…assigned just for me. To warm the earth by shining aglow, daily, doing what He has laid out before me.
Psalm 19:1-2a: “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge.”
How can this be done? The task feels too big, too great. In this little corner of the earth, how do I rise and then shine, when I feel so tired, so overwhelmed…by a house that never feels clean, and meals that continually need to be prepared, and all this “stuff” covering floors and overtaking counters.
Look! There she is burning bright, almost blinding the eye as she sheds radiant light through fingerprint-smeared windows.
Psalm 19:4b-5: “In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun. It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, like a champion rejoicing to run his course.”
What’s her secret?
She lets God direct her day. He calls her forth and she answers with action, willingly responding to His call to come forth, as gold. Whether her divine purpose is acknowledged or not, she does her duty, exercising her privilege in providing what is needed to those under her care.
That’s her secret – Him. For she is ill-equipped without Him. She does what she needs to, time after time, because He is supplying her needs; fueling her light, directing her course, lovingly ordaining each day.
So as the sun’s light shines through, making dim, at least momentarily, the books, clothes and toys strewn about – I take a deep breath and catch a hopeful glimpse of a new day. My soul is at rest and aligned properly under the Maker’s Hand.
I reach for a favorite mug… the one that declares more of what I need to hear this morning,
“Just think, you’re here not by chance, but by God’s choosing. His hand formed you and made you the person you are. He compares you to no one else, you are one-of-a-kind. You lack nothing that His grace can’t give you. He has allowed you to be here at this time in history to fulfill His special purpose for this generation.” -Roy Lessin
This moment I choose, and will keep choosing throughout this day’s course, to shine. I commit now to not try it on my own strength, but allow Him to fuel me so I can shine for those here, and in turn warm the earth with the True Source of light and life living in and through me.
Psalm 46:5: “God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.”