Jenn and I drove my sister Robin and brother-in-law Rob to the airport Tuesday morning for their flight to Paris. Early flight to Paris. Still dark in the morning early flight to Paris….which is actually a time of the morning I love. The air is still, the neighborhood is quiet and all seems poised for the events of the day.
As you may have been following in your local news, our southern California hills are on fire once again, which makes for some amazing sunrises. On our way home, we saw a bit of our wonderfully red orb peeking from behind the mountains in the east. Sunrise. The sun grew larger as it rose above the horizon and into the sky. Amazing.
Jenn mentioned that the sun does this every day and I began to think about how all that we have on this planet—plants, food, houses, even the oil that powers our cars—is in some shape or form a byproduct of the sun’s energy. As this Van Gogh painting reminds us, we’d be nothing without the sun. Moses once wrote that God created the Sun as the second portion of His creation series, just after the creation of the earth:
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and He separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.
I love a passage like this, one that shows God’s provision, His creativity, His love for the sense of order He can bring to a situation. Yet, in this new phase of unemployment, I find it more difficult to remember that His provision, creativity and love also applies to me in my own situation. I can easily feel formless and empty, but I must remember that I serve the Spirit of God who hovers over the waters, who longs to declare things very good at the end of the day.
May each of us remember today that the Son provides for us energies of every good kind to propel us into the activities to which He calls us. The Apostle Paul said it best: “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10). Amen and amen.