I’ve been watching the miraculous sun rise every morning and the glowing moon rise every night for the past week. It’s interesting – it just keeps happening. Despite my day, despite my emotions, despite what seems to be broken or stand still in my own life – the earth keeps spinning on its axis keeping the moon and sun in alignment. God keeps holding it all together. Shouldn’t I have the power to do the same? Shouldn’t I be strong enough to rise and set and rise again? Shouldn’t I have the ability to still glow even when it’s cloudy or dark?
I’ve starred at this phenomenon so many times this week and I’ve felt nothing but eagerness to sense the high I usually do. Where is the release? Where is the peace? The contentment? The joy? Instead watching the tide wishing I was riding it out… But this morning – I did something different. After a friend coached me out of bed, I watched in amazement as I recited “His mercies are new every day. Every day His mercies are new.” Over and over again, each time feeling a little lighter, a little more focused, a little less heavy. Tear stained cheeks as I sipped the coffee and took the deep breaths that led me to stand up and start this day… Friend, sister, brother, today the sun will rise and the moon will too…and He is still constant, His mercies are still present and He has gifts placed throughout your day to remind you that your life matters, that your breath has purpose, that your battle is not your own lesson, but the testimony that will bring others to their feet in their time of despair. Stand up, along side me, even if you think you’re drowning, God always has a life preserver there waiting. Today, I seek out the flotation devices (thank you to those who shared their raft today – you know who you are), the people, the words, the blessings, the moments, the gifts, the miracles that have me planted on the shoreline watching the sunrise and set and then again tomorrow. And I will use your sun and your moon to guide my steps each minute…because if it didn’t rise, only then, without your continued light, would I truly be in the dark.
Luke 1:78-79 Because of the tender mercy of our God, whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.