I woke up early today. It is one of the few days I am not working graveyard shift. I thought I would get out to watch the sunrise and take in the cool air before the temp rises to near triple digits (wonderful Texas Summers.). I missed the official sunrise by about 10 minutes. But I wouldn’t be able to see it anyway due to the apartment buildings. So I am sitting here, by the community pool and fountains, listening to the water run and the birds chirp, ready to eat my tangerine – waiting for the sunrise over the apartments. And …. there it is. The brightness, the warmth, the purveyor of myths. The sun’s radiance is amazing. But it is also dangerous. Blindness, burns, dehydration, skin cancer, and so much more. We should respect its strength and be mindful as well.
Back to my point, or in this case, my points. The sunrise can point out so many things. The first thought that pops to mind is how I missed it today. Yeah, I saw it over the rooftops, but the breaking of the dawn holds an artistry, a beauty dripping in colorful splendor. And though I saw it, I saw it late. My life story is riddled with times where I am a day late and a dollar short. I miss things, opportunities, and the such. I apply for a job just to find out it’s already filled. I go to the store to purchase an item to find they are out. I realize the importance of a relationship after they’ve moved on. In hindsight, I see missed witness opportunities, passed over moments to praise God, and irretrievable moments to connect with others.
– – Squirrel … a rabbit just hopped in front of me. Beautiful nature.
Where was I? Oh yeah, missed opportunities. Do you ever feel this way? Life moves by and your missing it? So, this brings me to my second thought.
The sunrise is also a reminder of God’s love and mercy. A wise old writer once talked of the destruction of God’s city and the Temple. He wrote a dirge, a mournful song of lament. But in the very middle of this … he wrote a beautiful phrase to remind us that God is still in control and He loves us.
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
Missed opportunities? Tomorrow is coming. Blew it today? He still loves you. Shattered dreams, broken lives? The sunrise is a reminder His love and mercies are fresh every day. Forget what is passed and press forward. Or, as that Broadway hit puts it, “the sun’ll come out tomorrow, bet your bottom dollar …” (I think Jeremiah said it better than Annie, but you get the point.)
His love is steadfast and never ending.
His mercies never end.
And every sunrise is a reminder. Remembering that is a beautiful way to start every day.
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