By Tommy Rush
I have a good friend who calls me just before dawn when he wants to share an encouraging word with me. You might wonder why would anyone call a friend before daylight. He calls me at this time because he knows I’m an early riser. Good friends know the habits and priorities of each other and he knows I’m one of those crazy morning people.
You can’t be an encouragement to some people early in the morning. My youngest daughter refuses to talk to anyone before noon. She agrees with Proverbs 27:14 when it says, “If a man loudly blesses his neighbor early in the morning, it will be taken as a curse.” Even if you think morning people are weird, you have to admit that there are some advantages to those early hours of the day, getting started on things before there are interruptions, beating the world to the punch, and best of all, the sunrises.
Every morning this week has had an awesome sunrise! On Tuesday I drove to the Shop-A-Lott and purchased a breakfast plate and coffee. I then sat in my truck and watched the eastern sky slowly brighten up over the Fish Hatchery fields and ponds. It took a while for the old orange sun to rise, but it was big and bright when it came up. I really enjoyed seeing the frost on the ground and the steam fog over the ponds as the sun was rising above the tree line. Everything seemed to come to life across the field. I’m telling you it’s incredible to watch God begin a new day!
For me, every sunrise is a visible reminder of a major spiritual truth, that God Himself lights every new day, no matter what that day holds. One of my all time favorite passages of scripture is Lamentations 3:22-23 that says, “Because of the Lord’s great love, we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning.”
Another amazing promise involving the sunrise is found in the Christmas story, Luke 1:78-79 says that “because of the tender mercies of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.” Few sunrises are more exciting than Christmas morning.
Maybe things seem a bit dark in your life this week. Look, some days you’re going to wake up anxious. Some days you’re going to wake up dreading the day. Some days you’re going to be excited about what’s ahead. Other days you’re going to be overwhelmed by what’s ahead, and some days you may be eager or exhausted. But no matter what the day holds, I can promise you that the sun is going to come up. It always does. Every 24 hours, God blesses each of us with a brand new day! So no matter how difficult or dark yesterday might have been for you, the sun came up this morning and I promise it will come up tomorrow morning as well. May the
Lord help us all to enjoy it!
By Tommy Rush