How the Sunrise Spoke to Me

It’s Wednesday and I’m wishing it were the weekend already. I guess that’s why they call it “Hump Day.” Cause you’re over the hump of the dreaded first half of the week and only have a few more days left til you can get some rest.

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For me, I’ve been in this place of being so tired lately that not much productivity is happening on my end. I am fighting some sort of sinus infection and have had crazy pain in my neck for a whole week now. Plus I’m dealing with some personal issues that make it hard to get out of bed sometimes.

But during this difficult week, God has shown me His mercy in beautiful ways. Every morning I’ve had the privilege of getting up earlier than I usually do and this is what I see on my AM route:

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I don’t think you can get a clearer picture of God’s tangible mercy than an array of pink and purple hues shining through a blanket of clouds. What an image to be planted in my mind at the beginning of my day! I get to carry this visual display of beauty with me all day long.

What about you? Are you looking for God to show up in REAL ways this week? Or are you just passing the time and ignoring the visible signs of His goodness all around? (Believe me, I’ve been guilty of this in the past!)

I gotta say, though, this sunrise was a wake up call for me to really notice the handiwork of God as I go about my day. I’m tired but God refuels me with this radiant picture of His loving-kindness. I’m aching but God soothes my wounds with this impression of His merciful touch upon my heart.

I GET to wake up today. I GET to see the glory of God all around me. I GET to walk through any situation with the memory of His faithfulness singing in my head.

Today, I GET to arise and shine, for the glory of the Lord is shining upon me. (Isaiah 60:1)

And so do you.

 

 

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Are You Listening?

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I was reminded this morning that God is always speaking. Even when we can’t hear Him. He is. We just have to be looking for His hand at work and listening for His voice.

Take a minute right now. Take a minute to notice Him. He longs for you to really see Him, to really hear Him. There is so much He is saying.


 

In the crash of the waves – “I am overwhelming you with My love.”

In the whirling of the wind– “I am right beside you. I will never leave.”

In the laughter of your children– “You are forever mine. You make me smile.”

In the sounds of silence– “In rest, I whisper in your ear about the good plans I have for you.”


It’s hard for us to comprehend that God enjoys talking to us. In fact, we over-complicate things in our limited human intellect and assume that because He is not speaking in an audible voice that He must be avoiding us. But God is not like man. We can’t reduce Him to what we know.

Can He speak to us in a recognizable way? Sure. He does. But the beauty of an intimate relationship is being able to know the other person so well that you can hear Him speaking even when He is not uttering a sound. That’s what God wants in a relationship with us. Intimacy. Connection. An unspoken language that can only be discerned by spending time with Him.


 

Today, as we enter into the weekend, I challenge you to take some time to listen. What do you hear? The atmosphere around you may be loud and chaotic. But, trust me, if you fine-tune your listening skills, you can hear Him in the quiet places of your heart.

As we focus on His goodness, we begin to walk in confidence that God loves us (John 3:16), that He’ll never leave us (Deuteronomy 31:6), that we are His beloved children (1 John 3:1), and that He has an amazing purpose for our lives (Jeremiah 29:11). 

Are you listening?