I Am Not A Morning Person, But This May Change My Mind

One more fishing story before I move on. This one will find some of you chuckling and others will nod in agreement.
I am not a morning person. I love the lights of the night and seeing the stars. I am a night person. That being said, when my husband told me we had to get up at 4 a.m. to go on a fishing trip, I was a bit disturbed. However, since it was a gift and fishing trip, I was willing to do it. Against what I am used to doing, I went to bed at 8 p.m. I wanted to be fresh and wide awake the following day. I didn’t want to have to fight sleepiness.
We made it to our destination on time. It was still pretty dark. The day was getting brighter. As I stood on the edge of the water waiting for us to board the boat, I noticed the sun peeking up over the water. It was something rare for me to see. I suddenly realized how beautiful it was! I was fascinated by this new phenomenon. I was mesmerized by the sun and its beauty.
We soon got on the boat before the sun was completely up. I kept watching the sun. Finally, the sun was up over the water enough to be able to see the reflection of it on the water. It was beautiful! I realized how much I have missed by not getting up and seeing the sunrise. The reflection on the water sparkled. I was taken back by all of the beauty and the brightness of the reflection from the sun. I hold that memory dear in my heart.
As I sat there I could very clearly hear God say, “That is what you are to do. You are to reflect my glory in you.” I felt God’s love in a new and fresh way.
2 Corinthians 3:18 reminds us, “So, all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord who is the Spirit makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.” Once we become Christians, the veil is removed and we can see clearly the glory of the Lord. As we see God’s glory, we are to reflect that so others can see his glory in us. Just as I looked upon the water and saw the reflection of the sun, we are to be a reflection of God’s glory so others may see the beauty of God in us.
We are called as Christians to reflect not only God’s glory but his love as well. “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 God is a God that loves. We know that God is love. If we have turned our lives over to God, then we can be assured God loves us. If God loved us so much that he allowed his only Son to die for us, what right do we have not to reflect his love for others?
As I was thinking about this and trying to remember all that I took in, one thing I don’t remember is seeing the reflection on the water after the sun was completely up. Maybe it was still there and I missed it or I was too busy catching fish. I just don’t remember seeing it later in the day. As I thought about this, I was reminded there are times in our lives we lose the reflection of God in our lives. It may be because of busyness, or raising children, or careers, or whatever. We just get to the point where we have lost God’s glory in our lives. It’s in those times we need to get off by ourselves and watch a beautiful sunrise and be reminded of His glory. I would love to get up every morning and watch a beautiful sunrise, but even if I did, where I live it wouldn’t be as impressive. I live in a neighborhood and it’s not always easy to see the sun rise. But this adventure has made me realize there are times I need to get away and find a place where I can watch the sunrise so I can be reminded of God’s glory and my calling.
I cannot put into words the beauty of that morning. I cannot put into words the love I felt from God during those brief few minutes. All I can do is encourage you to get up one morning, drive to a place where you can see the sun rise and allow God’s glory to flow through you. Let that time be a reminder of how we are to be reflectors of God’s glory and his love.
I told our guide this would not be the last fishing trip we took and it certainly won’t be the last sunrise I see. There is something peaceful in seeing a beautiful sunrise. I am just sorry it took me all these years to realize it. The great thing about God is he is always waiting for us to step into his glory; no matter how long we take to do it.
I challenge you to get up and watch the sunrise one morning. Better yet, find a lake or a body of water and watch the reflection on the water as the sun rises. Allow God to speak to you and allow God’s peace and his glory flow through you. Close your eyes and feel the love he has for you. But, don’t leave it there. Go out into the world and reflect God’s glory so others may see him through you.
Dear God: I am so grateful for the opportunity to see the sunrise on the water. To see the reflection of the sun on the water and watch as it sparkled and danced about. Thank you for the reminder that I too am to be a reflection of the Son’s light. I am to reflect your glory and share your love with others. Remind me to catch a sunrise when the glow of the God’s glory begins to dim in my life. Thank you for loving me just as I am. Amen

Crazy Busy

I have had one busy summer and I bet you have too. Seems like life just gets crazier and crazier each year. The years just seem to fly by. I love summers, but they are a challenge to my faith. I can’t seem to find the time to get away, sit down, do my devotions and spend time with God. I have good intentions, but something happens. Fall, winter, and spring I am good. I can make time for them. I find that time period is my growing time.
Each year at the end of summer I am blessed to be a part of a three-day retreat. I attend our local church camp with a group that I am involved with. We get away for three days. We laugh, cry, talk till wee hours of the morning, share, study, worship, pray and come away refreshed and renewed. God meets us there and it is good. I am just sorry more men and women don’t take advantage of this time.
It is by a lake and lakes refresh me. They calm me and often make me think of Jesus and his time on earth with us. I am really looking forward to it this year. Like I said I have been busy and have not been in my normal study habit. I have several speaking engagements this fall and I really need to be refreshed, renewed and ready to go do those things God has called me to.
I bet you are the same way, aren’t you? You might have taken a vacation, but how many of us need time to rejuvenate after our vacation? How many of us really needed to come home and rest after our vacation? I know I did.
God does not want us to live rushed lives. He wants us to enjoy our lives and enjoy the time we spend with one another. Rushing around and being busy is not in his plans; they are in our plans. When we don’t continue to take the time to get into his word, to pray with him daily, and to be alone with him we are missing out and we lose ground. It’s like taking one step forward and two steps back.
I know this and so do you. I am reminded each summer that I have not kept my focus on God and my faith has been challenged, but what do I do to change it each summer? Nothing. Nothing changes from summer to summer. That is why it’s so important for me to do a retreat to finish up my summer and to get back into the swing of things which includes Bible Study, prayer time, and alone time with God.
If I am so busy how will I ever hear the voice of God? If I am so busy, how will I know if he’s calling me to do something really important? If we are constantly busy doing and being and never spend time with our spouses, children or friends what kind of relationship would we have with them?
August is here and it’s almost Fall. Summer is winding down. How did your summer go? Are you like me and missing some of the normal things we do in the fall, winter, and spring? Have you been so busy you just might have missed a call or two from God?
We can’t beat ourselves up about what has been. We accept God’s grace and pick up where we left off. We get back into finding quiet time with God. We pick up those dusty Bibles, open them up and read. We read the blessings God has given us, we read the promises God has given us and we read the warnings that remind us we are to live a Godly life. We go into a quiet room, light a candle and reflect on God’s light in our lives. We think about not blowing the candle out, but how we can take that same light and light up the world of someone living in darkness.
I encourage you to seek a time where you can get away for two or three days and spend that time in prayer, bible study, fellowship, and worship. Ask your Pastor to help you find that special retreat for you. Or better yet, create a retreat for you and some of your friends or family (this is not a vacation; this is a time for worship, prayer and bible study).
Time set apart with God is a time of renewal and growth. I challenge you to a time of renewal and growth. I challenge you to go to a quiet room and light a candle. Think about the light in your life that God has provided. Next, think about what it would look like if you took that same light and lit someone’s darkness.
We know with the fall and winter comes holidays. It will get crazy busy again, but we all need a short time of renewal. Let’s do it now. Won’t you join me?
“Study this Book of Instruction continually. 
Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. 
Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.”
Joshua 1:8 

I rise early, before the sun is up; I cry out for help and 
put my hope in your words. My eyes are awake before the 
watches of the night, that I may meditate 
on your promise. Psalm 119:147-148 

Dear Lord, Thank you for this time of renewal. Thank you for the opportunity to go away and be with you and those you have chosen to be with me. Thank you that as I show up so will you. Guide my paths, direct my ways and allow your Presence to be felt so that I may come back renewed, refreshed and ready, My God to do your will. Amen