On a recent early morning walk, the rays of sunlight pierced the light fog and mixed with a gentle breeze to provide a most conducive condition for exercise. It gave me a fresh awareness for what I usually take for granted.
I realized that it was the same sun I enjoyed this morning that warmed my back in Africa and brought the new day to my family as they ministered in Guatemala. It bakes the sands of Carolina Beach and melts the snow on the mountains of Lake Tahoe. The same sun that shone on the day of my birth will give light, warmth and hope when I leave this world – just as it does for everyone else. From its’ creation, it has lighted the way for every creature who has walked this earth.
The same sun shines brightly from Lesotho to Lexington, Antigua to Arcadia and from Winston-Salem to Wilmore. Drawing a tip from Fievel (American Tale), I realize that a ray of hope can be found in this same sun that gives light to us all – or should I say, the same Son who gives light to us all. This Son not only provides our eternal source of illumination, but also provides light to guide our steps today, bring warmth to our troubled hearts and hope to our darkest night. This is the Light that shines above the clouds on the gloomiest of days and allows us to only pass thru the “shadow” of death. Yes, the “shadow proves the sunshine” (Switchfoot). To me, it’s an assuring reminder that the One who created us shines on and cares for us all. We can move forward in the light that we have been given.
“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you.” Isaiah 60:1
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