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Observations on the Sunrise

            I’ve got the bug.  I wake up early usually.  That means I’m not deterred by early morning flights.  And it works out that when I get those flights, well, I drive right into the sunrise.

             If you drive too early, its just blackness other than the shadows that emerge from the streetlights.  But if you time it just right, you can see the sun just begin to peak up at the horizon.  The colorful twinge begins with streaks of orange and grey.  And as the light seems to move outward, it’s like a backlight for the clouds.  It’s a masterpiece of  brushwork. 

             At every edge, the sun pushes at the darkness extending further and further until eventually the darkness surrenders.  The light overcomes.  The darkness cannot prevail.  The light fills every crack and provides illumination for my path. 

           I’m surprised that the light does not conserve.  It does not hold back.  It does not save itself for a rainy day.  The sun just does what it is naturally called to do:  provide light to the darkness.  Certainly, there are days when the clouds try to obscure, but that’s all the clouds can do.  They cannot prevent.  The light is always there.

            Jesus said that He was the light of the world.  We are in His image.  Like the sun, it seems we are called to illuminate, to light up His creation, to make it more beautiful and His name more renowned.  We are to not hold back, but just to “be”—to be filled with the light which only He gives.  And in so doing, we help drive the darkness away.  

About Bill High

Bill is CEO of the Signatry: A Global Christian Foundation. He works with families, individual givers, and financial advisers to share the foundation’s message regarding biblical generosity and charitable giving. » Learn More. He is the co-author with David Green of Giving It All Away and Getting It All Back Again: The Way of Living Generously.

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