Wednesday, July 5, 2017
The Sunrise Moment
"....morning by morning he wakens me and opens my understanding to his will." Isaiah 50:4
The rising of the sun has so much power and truth for the believer. First, it represents His creation and the boundaries He put into place. A time that represents the beginning of the day. It also gives hope and purpose for another day.
While I was on vacation, I took this picture. Sunrise on the beach is at the top of my list as one of the most peaceful places to be. Sitting in solitude on my towel, facing the breathtaking miracle of the ocean and continuing to be amazed of the power. The power of the waves and that it has a limit on shore where God spoke it to be. The power of the life under that ocean and the depth that even the most brilliant of scientists could not explain and the power of the sun, another creation spoken into existence by His words, rising slowly and yet so majestically that you can not look for too long because your eyes can not handle it (yes....I know, it's bad for you).
I'm lost in the moments, taking in each breath of the salty air, wishing this moment could last forever, when the Holy Spirit gently, but oh so strongly, speaks to my heart....."I give this same sunrise to you each morning". And in the most respectful way, I reply "but Lord, I don't have the ocean." In His most consistent nature, He speaks The Word over me,
"As I passed Elijah, I was not in the wind, I was not in the earthquake, and I was not in the fire....but in the sound of a gentle whisper" ( ref: 1 Kings 19)
I close my eyes and feel tears rolling down my face and feel the same presence I do everyday at every moment. You see, the sunrise moment, as beautiful, powerful, and peaceful as it is, isn't about the large mass of burning gas that glows in a mesmerizing way. It's about a specific moment that the Lord set to awaken His people to understanding His will for the day.
"Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning." Lamentations 3:23
"For you examine us every morning and test us every moment." Job 7:18
"It is good to proclaim your unfailing love in the morning, your faithfulness in the evening" Psalms 92:2
"and each morning and evening they stood before the Lord to sing songs of thanks and praise Him."
1 Chronicles 23:30
"Satisfy us each morning with your unfailing love, so we may sing for joy to the end of our lives." Psalms 90:14
I must challenge you with a question? How can we start our day without being in His presence? Without seeking His face and filling ourselves with His word? I didn't put a time limit on that because He wants to meet His children morning, noon, and evening.
If we can make eating breakfast, taking a shower, brushing our teeth, getting our lunch packed and getting dressed a priority.....then we can have a sunrise moment with our God. We can renew our mind in the morning and renew it again before we sleep.
And if it helps.....think of it like your clothes. The word of God is your clothing. You are clothing yourself with His word and if you forget that moment.....well, just consider yourself naked!!!! Its like that bad dream that you went to school in your underwear....LOL!
When you are clothed with His word, you are prepared. You are given many opportunities throughout the day to apply the word, to share the word, to be a game changer in someone's life! And allowing God to be a game changer in your life.
Be intentional to have a sunrise moment every day!
In His Presence,
The Mrs. Pastor