Do You See the Son or the Sun in the Morning?...
In a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, 100-year-old Pulitzer Prize-winning Novelist Herman Wouk, author of The Caine Mutiny, reflected on His Bronx Childhood. In doing so, he spoke of one pleasure in particular that made him grateful for each day. This is how he put it:
“By luck, my childhood bedroom faced the sun. I grew up on Aldus Street in the Bronx, where my family lived on the top floor of a five-story walk-up in an apartment way in the back. Each morning from my bed, I'd see a beam of sunlight with motes dancing through it pass through the window. I felt good right away. The morning sun is cheering, no matter what mood you're in … I do have the same excitement each morning when I see the sun. That sense of enjoying being alive is still very real. When you reach 100, you're glad you're alive. Very glad.”
As I read the article I thought about how fortunate believers are to awake each day loving the Sun, but knowing The Son. And it is the radiance of our Savior, the Son of God that enables us to have Joy in the midst of difficulties, Peace in the midst of trials and Wisdom in the midst of living in a world of spiritual decay and confusion. In fact Jesus said in one of His last discourses to His followers, to encourage them,… “Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) And because it is still true today, let me encourage you to get up every morning and face the Son and allow His light to shine on you.
Your days will be different, not necessarily easy, but better if you begin them by looking at The Son!
Speaking of the Son, that’s why we are here today—to seek Him, to see Him, to serve Him and to surrender to Him. I am glad you are here, and He is here. So don’t miss His message to you and don’t miss your opportunity to obey. And remember, God is always trying to take us someplace new. I love being your pastor!
For God’s Glory Alone,