Waiting for Sunrise

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Today’s Scripture: John 7

On school days, my alarm goes off at 6 a.m.—yikes! I am not a morning person by any means (actually quite the opposite) but I have gotten used to this rhythm. After my alarm goes off, I have about an hour, not only to get myself ready for work, but also to “raise the dead” and get them ready for school. And the dead are usually grumpy when raised! Anyone who has children in 4th to 6th grades (or older) will know what I am talking about.

But, on the upside, I have had the pleasure these last few weeks to witness absolutely stunning sunrises while I shuttle my daughters to schools in different cities before I head to work myself by 8 a.m. at BGSU. While driving, I can see the first faint hints of the sunrise on the horizon. Gradually, more and more light starts to rise above the landscape. If there are some clouds, they often appear in glorious hues. More than once I have stopped to take pictures, but alas my iPhone camera is not quite capable of capturing the beauty of it all. Finally, when the disk of the sun makes its journey all the way above the horizon, the light is simply breathtaking as the sun explodes into view. So warm, so bright, and so beautiful! Full of hope for the new day!

John 7:6-8 (NIV)
6 There Jesus told them: “My time is not yet here; for you any time will do. 7 The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify that its works are evil. 8 You go to the festival. I am not going up to this festival, because my time has not yet fully come.”

This passage really struck a chord with me. Just like I am waiting for the glorious sunrise in the morning to see the sky in that perfect moment, Jesus knew that he had to wait. Wait for the right moment, before his glory could rise and shine for everyone to see.

Sometimes we forget that we have to wait patiently for that perfect moment to see everything with clarity and its full beauty. I know that I am definitely guilty of being impatient to get to certain moments in my life that I have been longing and waiting for. (Several people reading this will be nodding in agreement.)

So, I am trying to remind myself each morning when I see that beautiful sunrise, that it was so totally worth the wait. That I can neither rush it nor delay it. That it simply will come always exactly at the right time. And when it happens, I want to make sure to remember to take a deep breath, sigh with contentment, and enjoy its glory. And then thank God for giving me this gift!

Is there anything in your life that you have been trying to rush instead of waiting for the right moment? Has something that you have been longing for finally happened? Did you take time to enjoy the moment and thank God for it?

Next Steps:
Make a list of three important things that you are waiting for. Then make a plan of how you can make your wait easier to endure. Decide what you are going to do when the moment you have been longing for finally comes so you can truly appreciate that moment and be thankful for it.

Dear Father, thank you so much for all the beautiful sunrises in my life so far, literally and figuratively speaking. Please help me to be patient while I wait for the right moment, whether it be for important decisions or meaningful events in my life. Please give me the wisdom to recognize when the right moment is here. Please let me shower you with my gratefulness when the right moment comes. Amen.

This post was written by Cordula Mora. Cordula is a neuroscientist who currently works in the Provost office at Bowling Green State University. She was born and raised in Germany, then spent many years living in New Zealand before settling in the US almost 16 years ago. She was raised in a German Protestant church but feels blessed to have been spiritually awakened when she was introduced to CedarCreek Church. She thanks God every day for all the blessings in her life, including two amazing daughters. She is currently looking for someone who would like to serve the Lord with her.

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4 replies
  1. Julie Estep
    Julie Estep says:

    What a beautiful comparison! I walk early in the morning and admire the stars. To look to the sky and realize the marvelous gifts of God is a wonderful thing! Thank you for this reminder Cordula!

  2. Michele
    Michele says:

    Awesomely stated! Loved reading this and came at such a great time. I’ve been trying to work on being more patient. The good Lord is in control. If it’s meant to be God will surely make sure of it 💕
    Thanks for sharing!!

  3. Dave McMullian
    Dave McMullian says:

    Sometimes we can be like His brothers here: impatient because we are unwilling to believe, submit, and obey His teaching in some area of our life.

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