And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. Genesis 1:5
No, I didn’t misspell that, well, maybe sorta, but it was intentional. I often wake early, sit and read some scripture, pray and talk with God, then surf the internet, drink coffee and spend time enjoying the peaceful time of the day before others are awake, while most of the world is asleep. I have always enjoyed the sunrises. I like to hunt, not trying to ruffle feathers, as there are many that are opposed to hunting, but it is part of how I was raised. I frequently go out into the woods and fields, not truly hoping to have a successful hunt, but do go expecting a rewarding experience. I love to watch the different animals as they either start or end their feeding times. I enjoy the solitude where I can spend time praying and thinking about this or that. The woods and meadows are my favorite place to pray. I haven’t seen it yet, but have been planning to see the movie “The War Room.” Friends have told me some about it. Well, the woods are my war room. BUT, back to the sunrise. I usually prayed a little, but, not like I should have, maybe a “Thanks God, it is a great day.” Not much more at all. I am trying to do better.
And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed. Mark 1:35
In order to be where I want to be for the morning I start before it is dark. I prefer not to use a flashlight, not wanting to possibly spook any game and because I don’t want to carry more than needed. But, also because I learned to see well enough in the darkness to find my way, usually not stepping into holes or stumbling too much. I find my spot, get myself situated and enjoy the quiet. As darkness slowly yields to light as the light of the sun starts to spread, not yet sunrise, but slowly the light increases, and as this happens, I can see exactly where I am and what is around me. Sometimes, I have found that I was not in the exact position I wanted to be for the day. I may look around and realize that somehow, I managed to go through some fairly treacherous areas and somehow avoid the deep ditches and holes, thorn trees, barbed wire fences left from years ago. And, the sight of the sun as it starts to come up above the eastern horizon, the way the light increases, the various colors as the sun has transitioned from just adding light, to full illumination. The way the sun reflects off the clouds at times is amazing to me, the colors, the beauty of the Lord’s creation. Then, I relish in the warmth as the sun moves rises, warming me. Yes, the sunrise is a glorious part of the day.
And I will give him the morning star.
I enjoy the same scene while sitting and having coffee, reading the Bible, (new to me to be doing this again, had been too long since I studied His word,) working on this blog or just looking about on the internet. My front window faces east, at times this is an inconvenience as the sun may shine directly in my face but for the ability to watch the sunrises, I accept it. Sometimes, I get distracted while reading or typing, so I don’t get to enjoy the sunrise and may not even notice until it is up and I have missed the best parts of it.
Then, this morning, I was thinking about those things, and the He brought the Son Rise for me. Since the Son Rise in my life I have begun to appreciate many things more, to see my surroundings in a different light. Thinking how Christ illuminated the dark place I was in with my life before the Son Rise. Now, one could say or think, “He must be talking about Easter.” Well, no, and yes. Of course Easter was the true Son Rise, but I am just talking about the Son Rise in my personal life. When I stopped hiding in the darkness and surrendered to Him, asked for forgiveness and received it. I quit trying to stay in the shadows and moved into the light of the Son (well, the Father, Son and Holy Ghost.)
I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.
Yes, Jesus is more than ever, my Sonrise. He lights my way; allows me to see my circumstances, the good, the bad, the in between; Christ shows me that, despite difficult and dangerous terrain, He was helping guide my walk even though I was not walking with Him as I should, He was always walking with me and protecting me. Jesus did not abandon me in my darkness, He watched over me. He illuminates: my thoughts, my heart, my way and my way ahead. Christ shows me the good things, He also shows me the bad about myself, my less that Christ-like thoughts and actions, showing me what I need to change. Jesus gives allows me, through the light of His word and His work on me to see so much more detail about many things. God warms me, not physically, but oh how He warms my soul. Sorta like how hot coffee warms your body on a cold day, from deep inside, but ever so much better, because no matter how cold I may physically be, with the warmth of the Holy Spirit in me I am able to face the cold realities of life. Life can be cold, cruel, hard to handle at times, but HE warms me, He gives me the ability to face those things and not to have to face them alone. WOW, what a MIGHTY and GLORIOUS Christ we serve.