A Smile in the Sunrise

Where does your first smile come from each day? I had never thought about it much until this morning. I was up very early with the start of sore throat, and could see through the window barely a hint of light in the sky. I could tell by how the dark gray clouds set atop the eastern mountains, that THIS was going to be an amazing sunrise. After laying back down for just a few minutes, and despite feeling tired, I went downstairs for the rocking chair. No, this is not something I do frequently but carrying the gliding rocker upstairs seemed the best idea, as to sit and behold the upcoming masterpiece, so I did! (I don’t recommend doing it either, but if you are home alone and want something done, just do it!)
I placed the chair at the perfect vantage point toward the sliding glass window, grabbed my phone and camera ready to take pictures and then watched… waited.
For several minutes a pale yellow sky held the backdrop of deep ominous clouds. But soon, it all began to change. As if He were painting me my own picture, God’s hand began to outline each cloud with bursts of pink then orange then bright yellow. Clouds higher in the sky held whispy pink shades melding into gray. Closer to the horizon He lit a fire behind the clouds and soon, sun beams shot through spaces in the clouds and blazed in the sky. The colors grew hotter and brighter until the sun itself peeked above the mountains and clouds, and there I found my first smile of this day!
I never took a single picture because I could not take my eyes away from His graceful and beautiful handiwork for one second. I sat, rocking in the chair and smiling at God. He is the only one who can make me smile this way. He does it often. Sometimes I’ll be staring out the window by the kitchen sink looking out at the mountains, and I’ll smile. It could be what I am seeing, or what I am hearing Him say to my heart, or both.
Does God make you smile? He wants to. He is, after all, our greatest joy! I am enormously blessed that He was the reason I first smiled today and that I found my smile in His sunrise.


Memorial Stones

When all the nation had finished passing over the Jordan, the Lord said to Joshua, “Take twelve men from the people, from each tribe a man, and command them, saying, ‘Take twelve stones from here out of the midst of the Jordan, from the very place where the priests’ feet stood firmly, and bring them over with you and lay them down in the place where you lodge tonight.’” Joshua 4:1-3

All throughout the old testament you will find the children of Israel partaking in memorials to remember the things God had done. The story above in Joshua is just one of many. There were feasts and sacrifices and offerings. Time and again The Lord instructed His people to partake in memorials of what He had done for them.

I’m challenged at this point in my life to begin to do the same. I recently was recounting my testimony to someone of how God delivered me from utter despair, and suicide. As I recalled the story I was deeply reminded of where I have been and where He has brought me. I suddenly became aware of how many other places along my life’s journey He moved in miraculous ways…and that He is doing miraculous things even now, that I cannot see.

Stop, recall, recount the times and many ways, my friends, of how Our Faithful God has come through for you! Begin to set up memorials for the things He has done. Be creative, write them down, frame it, draw a picture, express it in your own way. Let them be a reminder to you that He IS God, He IS still with you and He has not and will never leave you.

No matter what each of us face today, let us face it with the confidence of what God has already done, and that He is not done yet. He is still doing. Remember this day what the Lord Your God has done for YOU!

“Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.” And he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city how much Jesus had done for him. Luke 8:39
Come and see what God has done: he is awesome in his deeds toward the children of man. Psalm 66:5