As sure as the sun will rise…

One of the many benefits of being a barista who smiles a lot (with no regard to what time it is), is that you are often scheduled for early morning shifts.  As this often entails going to work hours before the sun rises, it means I am fully awake to enjoy the sun rise (almost) every day. I took the picture below on my way to work today.

Sun Rise 01.09.13

I am frequently taken back by the beauty of creation. Especially the sky, clouds, sunrises and sunsets. Yet, this morning as I drove to work and the sun began to peak out over the ocean (I was covering a shift at a store located on California’s beautiful Pacific Coast Highway), I found myself marveling at the faithfulness of the sun. If you’re like me, you never question if the sun will set at night, or if it will rise the next day; we simply know that it will. The only thing we ever wonder about is the timing. Sometimes it rises earlier than expected, sometimes it rises later. But it always rises…

How funny is it that while we can be so sure that the sun will rise every morning, we often find ourselves doubting the faithfulness of the One who created the sun in the first place? God’s plan doesn’t change. God’s will doesn’t waver. God’s Word is always truth. The only thing “hanging in the balance” in our minds, is timing. God’s ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts are higher than our thoughts (Isaiah 55:8-9). This means that His timing is also beyond our human understanding. But His timing is always perfect, and He is always faithful.

I think that one reason this is hard for us to grasp is that our understanding of faithfulness is often skewed by the unfaithfulness of those we have known. I love what Luke 11:11-13 (NKJV) says,

“If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”

Child of God, you are so loved! God’s love for you is a sure thing. It doesn’t change based on anything we could ever do or say. Jesus died for us, not while we were perfect and doing everything right, but when we were still sinners (Romans 5:8). His plans for us are always for good, for a future and hope (Jeremiah 29:11). And He promises that He will work out all things for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28).

In 2013, I am committing to “simply knowing” God; and through simply knowing Him, discovering in more depth the greatness of His love and the faithfulness of His Word.

This year, I dare you to pray with the conviction that the answer to your prayer is not a matter of “if“, but “when“. I would love to believe with you for some “when”s, so comment below, or visit the Connect page and send me a private message!

Lots of Love,

Michelle

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