by John E. Werhan
As I sit in my stand enjoying the cold grayness of the morning, it seems that the world is silent waiting for something spectacular to occur. The only sound is the pre-dawn commuters as they hurry themselves to their daily destination.
It is truly a blessing to be just another part of nature quietly waiting for the coming day. Yet, as night turns to day you know that something spectacular is happening, even though it happens every day.
The glorious illumination comes over the eastern horizon, awaking nature itself. The old owl hoots its welcome and the birds nesting in the brush sing to its arrival. Another glorious day is coming into our part of the world.
One can wonder about the gloriousness that was seen by God when this daily occurrence first began. At the beginning all was “formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep…” (Genesis 1:2). Then God said, “Let there be light;” and there was light (Genesis 1:3).
As I watch the sun rise on the earth’s daily journey I can understand why “God saw that the light was good,” (Genesis 1:4) and why “God called the light day, and the darkness night” (Genesis 1:5). This was the first day and God has given us every morning since to reflect on the gloriousness of his creation.
Every dawn in one’s walk of life should be a blessing. It should give us strength as we face the difficulties of life and lift us up from the drudgery of society’s darkness.
The wise King Solomon wrote, “But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, that shines brighter and brighter until the full day” (Proverbs 4:18). Rather than allowing our struggles to darken the day we should allow the rays of the sun to wash away the darkness.
If we will allow God to be with us, we can overcome whatever we face in our daily walk. The apostle Paul writes:
“No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).
As we face every dawn we should each fall to our knees in thanksgiving for the blessing and comfort that only comes from a loving God.
Sometimes I wish that I could begin every day in my deer stand. Out with God’s nature all around me but this is not a reality of this life.
Yet, we each can make it a point to step out from where we are and see the greatness of God as manifest in nature. God is always waiting to help and comfort us. It is up to the individual to accept what God freely offers.
Praise God for every dawn.
John preachers for the The Northeast church of Christ in Sentinel, Oklahoma.
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