We loved the farm and every part of country living.
Creek walks, hiking in the timber, following deer trails. There was joy meeting with God in a variety of settings like sitting on the pond dam in the wee hours in fog as the new day arrived, while walking the pastures, or reading the Bible out loud to feed God at the creek.
In contrast, we are also very much enjoying our time in the metro.
God has given us a perfect place and we are so grateful. Here there are wonderful, unique ways to experience different cultures. I can shop any day easily for ingredients to make ethnic dishes for dinner. There are terrific worship and learning opportunities nearby. The people and the weather have been warm. I am excitedly awaiting the burst of spring and summer flora and fauna to be seen at home and on excursions exploring the region.
It occurred to me that others, too, might be longing to see this grand display from God’s big paint brush. A quick web search yielded a listing of the very best places to see sunsets and sunrises in the region. These are going on my list of future road trip destinations — or at least considerations for detours if we are traveling nearby.
Embracing change is often fueled by our willingness to shift perspective.
WE EACH HAVE SEASONS OF LIFE
What I am learning is we each have seasons of life. To most fully grow it is important to appreciate all the little treasures and relationships God gives us on that path.
I know the sunsets and sunrises still exist. Even though I cannot view them easily right now at some point in the future I will once again embrace the sky with my eyes. I will delight even more in what has been restored to my view because of that absence.
These are some of the takeaways I am gleaning from this life lesson:
As God grows us, we can more quickly adjust. He will help us see through His eyes if we ask Him.
Releasing what was, while embracing with the fullness of our hearts, can help speed up our awareness of new, hidden gems prepared in advance.
Gratefulness and praise of the One who created and provided it all also can accelerate our growth and relationships.
KEEP LOOKING UP TO JESUS
Will there be hard times? Of course — this is life on earth. How much we focus on those things, however, determines the impact they have on our joy.
Keep looking up — Jesus has the answers and the Holy Spirit is our ever-present comforter. If we welcome Him, He will guide us to new perspectives and vistas.
As we focus on the goodness of our Heavenly Father, we can increase our Jesus gratefulness perspective as we:
It is important to remember to look up to Jesus constantly. We must set our sights on things in the heavenly realm. Even in the midnight hour (hardship) if we raise our heads and hands in praise and position ourselves to be able to view God is there. He is as close as the next breath we take. He, and the stars and moon He created, are there waiting for us. His Presence can be invited and welcomed all times and seasons.
GET IN POSITION TO LOOK FOR THE SUNRISE OUT OF THE DARK
Remember, we see the awakening dawn more vividly because it arises from the darkness. To receive that beautiful gift of light by being up and in position, looking for it. The sunrise comes and goes.
Whether we see it or not depends on us. What direction are we looking? And when? It requires effort to get up early to embrace the day breaking. We also have to know which direction to look. Keeping our eyes turned toward Jesus gives us the ability to shift our gaze to where He leads.
Likewise, it is easier to deal with issues in this present world by looking beyond the temporal challenges. There is comfort in embracing circumstances with an eternal perspective. We can be assured God does, indeed, have for each of us a future and a hope.
The Word of God, the Bible gives us many promises. Each Word from God is Holy Spirit empowered and true.
Through God’s Word we can face the dark days knowing:
WAKE UP FROM DARKNESS TO SEE THE LIGHT
One of my friends recently shared her three-year-old great granddaughter’s exclamation, “look, the sky is waking up”.
What a beautiful phrasing from the mouth of a child. Sheer appreciation of God’s glory coming forth.
My prayer is for us, also, to wake up to the new day Father God has prepared for us with joyful anticipation.
Amen and amen!
In Jesus’s mighty name.
© 2020 PLP Ministries NFP
1 Jeremiah 29:11-13, King James Version (KJV), powered by BibleGateway.com, https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Jeremiah+29%3A11-13&version=KJV
Donna Turpin shares teaching on Christian love and praise through Prepare Love Praise (R) Ministries NFP. Her articles are often modern day parables bridging Biblical truth with issues of our daily lives. She and her husband Tom lived in the rural Midwest till moving to the Charlotte area.