Before I took this position at the school I did not have to get up early (before sunrise). I did not take the time on a regular basis to appreciate the sunrise.... love me some sunset, but I'm awake then! This fall I had an epiphany. One morning as I rushed through my routine going back and forth to the kitchen I was stopped dead in my tracks by the blinding light of the sun coming up. I squinted and started to keep moving when something (God) told me to back up and take a second look. Even the coffee I slopped all over my arm couldn't detract from the beauty of that sunrise. All I could hear in my head was, "Slow down! See what I made for you?" Over the next few days and weeks I began to look forward to the sun coming up and my daily glimpse of God's glory. I would pass by going to the kitchen and see the colors starting and think, "Not yet, but soon!" I even began to look forward to the bad weather because the sunrises after the storms were the best. I started to pause with my son so he,too, could see what God had made for us. He would squint his little eyes and grin at all the bright colors. I think that day He was trying to impress upon me that I needed to take time to appreciate what He had given me. See, He knows how to get my attention because He created me to become enthralled by the beauty of nature. I never feel as close to God as I do outdoors. He wanted to remind me to start my days with Him and to take time to really see Him in the world around me.
"Thus says God, the Lord, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people on it and spirit to those who walk in it." Isaiah 42:5