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August 6, 2020 - Sunrise or Sunset?

Last week, one of my devotional readings was about looking toward the sunrise. The scriptural focus was on the Hebrew people as they wandered in the wilderness moving toward the promised land. To get there they had to travel toward the sunrise. To travel toward the sunset would take them back to where they had come from.

As I spent some time thinking about this, two thoughts came to me. The first is that when you travel toward the sunrise you are moving from darkness into the light. The second is that you move from the past to the unknown. Darkness is uncomfortable because we can’t see everything. The sunrise brings change as a new day opens before us.

We are living in a dark time right now. Our world has been turned upside down. We long for the light. While we long for the light, are we willing to move toward it? Are we willing to embrace the sunrise?

David’s words in the Twenty Third Psalm come to mind as I think about this. David takes comfort because even in the darkest valley God walks with him. David was willing to go through the valley because God was beside him. As we walk through this dark time we can turn toward the sunrise and walk with the light of God. We need not fear the darkness because we are not alone.

How about you, are you traveling toward the sunrise?

Thank you, God, for walking with us in the darkness, leading us to the sunrise. Amen.

Always, to God be the glory!

Paul

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