Sunrises have this way of making me smile. Yes, I’m a morning person and I get it that for some people they aren’t very happy to see that sunrise, they would rather still be in bed. But honestly, I’m kind of in awe how everyday when the sun comes up, the next day will not look the same. New colors, new clouds will appear and it will have a whole new look. Sometimes when the sun comes up though, it’s just light and not a lot of color. And then sunrises seen from the beach or the mountains, now those get their own special kind of awe or a Yay God moment.
The Ladies’ Bible study groups are studying Luke together and there is a verse that kinda popped out to me this past week. It’s Luke 1:78… “because of the tender mercy of our God, with which the Sunrise from on high will visit us to shine upon those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace”. The message version reads:
“Through the heartfelt mercies of our God,
God’s Sunrise will break in upon us,
Shining on those in the darkness,
those sitting in the shadow of death,
Then showing us the way, one foot at a time,
down the path of peace.”
Oh my gracious, that beautiful sunrise can remind me of God and His promise I just love that. He is light to the darkness of this world. But in that verse is instruction… I hope you didn’t miss it… “to guide our feet in the way of peace”. The way of peace meaning be harmonious in your relationships, be friendly. To guide our feet in the way of friendliness. Friendliness, shining light in a dark place.
Luke was using a verse from Malachi 4:2 here “but for you who fear My name the Sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings, and you will go forth and skip about like calves from the stall”.
It just got crazy, we got permission to skip around and celebrate the mercy of God, His healing and His righteousness. I’m not sure how I feel about being compared to calves, but they are kind of cute. So I hope the next time you get the privilege of witnessing a Sunrise, you’ll remember the promise of God and His instruction. Choose the Path of Peace. And maybe add a li’l skip in your step and celebrate that Sunrise.