Extending the morning thought

A new day may symbolize freshness and peace. But there's no reason we can't experience this dawn every waking hour.

Our flight lifted easily through the cloudless summer sky as the brilliant sun produced a sparkling sea and shoreline below. It was a calm flight, free of turbulence and quite unlike the previous afternoon when we encountered a buildup of heat, collisions of air masses, clouds, and thunderstorms. Traveling frequently in warm climates, I had become accustomed to these dramatic afternoon weather patterns.

But now, on this still morning, the spiritual reality of God's perfect control of the universe was easy to recognize. I remembered so many Biblical figures who were inspired by the freshness and newness of the morning. "If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea" wrote the Psalmist; "even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me." And Job's friend Zophar, said, "Thou shalt shine forth, thou shalt be as the morning." Wasn't it this morning consciousness with which Christ Jesus settled the waves in the storm-tossed night? This consciousness—this clarity of thought or inspiration—I began to see, was not confined to the hours of 6 to 8 a.m. It can be found at noon and in darkest night, too.

March 9, 1992

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