‘We should focus on sunrise’

Every morning we can enjoy the sunrise, some days it may be hidden by clouds, yet it is still shining! Unfortunately for many people they never take the time to watch ‘The Sun Rising’ as it brings with it a new day.

As a deer hunter, on many occasions I have been in the woods long before dawn, just to be there among those creatures that own the night. Then sometimes, with the dream trying to take over the darkness, I watch the eastern sky begin to lighten to take over the darkness. Then watch as the sun’s rays with their brilliance paint the skies as only God can.

With ‘The Sun Rising’, the nocturnal creatures settle into rest from their work, while with this sunrise the birds begin to “cripple”, praising their God, and the squirrels along with the chipmunks begin to run around. The life of the forest that spreads out before me, what a blessing to enjoy ‘The Sun Rising’ in the hope of seeing the big money I have set myself to reap.

Unfortunately for many who aren’t hunters, it can show up before ‘The Sun Rising’ to prepare for the day ahead. While some who are like the creatures of the night are finishing waiting for the rest that the morning brings.

Why can’t we take a break from the hustle and bustle of life and see ‘The Rising Sun’ in the east as it has since God created it and enjoy the wonder of life?

In the book of Genesis 1:14-15 it tells us:

Then God said: “Let lights appear in the sky to separate the day from the night. Let them be signs to mark the seasons, the days and the years. Let these lights in the sky shine on the earth.” And that’s what happened.”

Sadly, some of us may be in the midst of a personal storm that has darkened our lives, but we must focus on ‘The Sun Rising’! We all need to be strengthened and encouraged because through every storm of life there are clear skies and sunshine waiting on the other side.

— Ron Witbeck is associate pastor at Resurrection Life Church in Big Rapids.