In 11 years of writing this Sunday morning article I have never been inspired for a message by a picture. But when my brother (Ed Chinn) posted this picture he took of a Tennessee sunrise this week, it did a lot for me.
I love sunrises and don’t miss watching very many. One day last week I stood on my deck with coffee when the temperature was 3 degrees, and watched the whole thing. I know, long before it comes up, precisely where the sun will appear on the horizon. There is a weathered old fencepost on my property, with scratches in the top that define the furthest northeast (summer solstice) and southeast (winter solstice) that the sun will rise. Through the year I watch it rise at all points between.
As I viewed Ed’s picture it reminded me of Christ’s words in Matthew 16:2-3…
When evening comes, you say, “It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,” and in the morning, “Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.”
The cultural sunrise in America is red and overcast. America’s best days are ahead, but like our oldest son said recently, “not without a fight.” To deny it is to have our head in the sand humming Kumbaya.
Proverbs 27:12 remind us, “The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty” (NIV).
Those who serve in protective rolls; who live life aware and ready; understand this.
Think About it
Do not fear the day. Absorb the sunrise. Make it yours.
Listen to the words of Jerry Reed’s song, Today is Mine, (When the sun came up this morning, I took the time to watch it rise. And as its beauty struck the darkness from the skies. I thought how small and unimportant all my troubles seem to be, and how lucky another day belongs to me). Here is a link to that timeless masterpiece. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjrxZCWAIA4
Pray the day in. Watchman Nee wrote, “…for forty years the sun never rose on China that God didn’t find my dad on his knees.”
Seal it with amen, stand up, put on your duty belt, key up your radio and go out to do your best to make sure the sun rises for your friends and family tomorrow too.