January 1, 2017
We live by the ocean. It is quite a tough life. But someone has to do it. I try to never take this for granted. As such, I often drive down to beach just to put my feet in the sand. Having grown up in Atlanta, I was land-locked for 21 years. We saved all year and drove seven hours to see the ocean. Now that it only takes 10 minutes to see the ocean, I take full advantage of it.
One of my favorite things to do is to watch the sunrise. The rising of the sun brings with it the promise of a new day. Standing on the beach watching the sunrise is a beautiful thing. But is it also quite amazing.
If you stop and think about what is actually happening, it is very hard to believe.
You see, as you stand on the beach, waiting for the sun to “rise”, you realize the sun isn’t really rising. What is actually happening is quite spectacular. I am not simply waiting, I am spinning. I am on a rock flinging though space at about 67,000 mph, spinning around at 1000 mph. I am waiting to spin far enough to catch the first glimpse of a humongous ball of fire nearly 93,000,000 miles away.
We casually call it a sunrise, but I’d say it is a miracle- a beautiful miracle.
I imagine the prophet Jeremiah seeing the sunrise and being reminded of another miracle. The mercy of God towards us.
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
God’s mercy comes to us anew- with each new day. Time is the way God’s mercy comes to us. It arrives one moment at a time completely sufficient for each moment as it comes. God’s mercy comes to us day by day- moment by moment. God’s sufficient grace comes to us just as fresh and new and miraculous as the sunrise. We can trust Him for what we need right when we need it. Just like we know the sun will rise, we know that God will be faithful.
I love the New Year, because like a new day, it brings a fresh start There is such promise and such hope. The past finds a sense of closure (which is why finishing well is so important) and the future holds a sense of hope. I embrace newness of this year the same way I do the miracle of the sunrise- the new mercies of a new day.
Take a few moments and allow God’s mercy to come to you in this moment. Trusting and resting. Allow the newness of this moment to be filled with the newness of His mercy. And trust His mercy to bring you hope. Hope that this day will be the beginning of finding God’s faithful in every way you need and want. The promise of this new year is found by trusting His new mercy with each new day.
The lens of My One Word provides a new way to see each new day!