Now I must admit that as a younger man, I never watched the sunrise unless I was on the beach. In the city with the noise and multi-story buildings by the time you see it, often it is already high in the sky. Out on the beach as a boy, I would just walk down to the ocean in the dawn's early light and watch the golden star rise from the sea. How marvelous it was, showing just a small part, then growing in size quickly and by the time it was fully uncovered, it looked twice the size that it seems when mid-day rolls around. But the clockwork precision and the fact that we can plan our day around its presence gives a hint of the power of God.
Now an older man, my days of living next to the shore slipping to my distant past, I have the time to see it from an even different perspective which has grown from my earlier faithful beginnings in a believing household. From my rural residence in North Florida, I find the warming light coming over the trees is just as powerful and wondrous to witness as it was on the beach. And the wonders just begin with my view of it looking eastward, for I next turn my eyes toward the west and survey the scene in our pasture spread out before me. It adds an amazing view of God's energy source and how it affects all living things on the planet. My view shows the horses, of course, now fed and happy and grazing in the grass. But now they are joined with some of the local wildlife that comes out in the light to feed with them. There are families of turkeys and deer, white egrets and other birds, and all of God's animal kingdom blends together in respect for each other. Now, it's not like this in the darkness when the coyotes roam or the occasional black bear of even on rare occasion the Florida panther. But in the daytime, the glorious light when they can all see what is with them in their surroundings, is truly amazing to watch.
Man and all living things need light, but man needs a different light as well, the Light of the Lord. The Light of the Lord represents Goodness and that darkness represents evil. And while we like to sleep in the dark, sometimes when we awake in the dark the aches and pains, the worries and fears, and other concerning things come to mind because of that very darkness which allows for the mind to run wild and sometimes in the worst of ways. So, light, beautiful light, quells the fears and the pains, or at least lessens them, so that we can get on with our lives. Having said that, might I suggest that when you see the morning light, think about it from a heavenly perspective and ponder how someone so powerful can create such a system for us to use to add order to our lives and joy in our hearts? It's part of God's nature, my friends, provided by Him to give us a hint in finding His way. Listen and open your heart and enjoy the moment, then take it to heart and keep it ever present. You'll be glad you did. Have a blessed week.