I had an interesting “God Moment/Conversation” this morning that I wanted to share.
I have been coming into work VERY early to get some extra uninterrupted time to work on large projects. People who know me well, know that it usually takes around an hour after I wake up before I am “pleasant”. So this is not necessarily a time that I am eager to put in.
I’ve said in the past that one of the few good things about coming into work so early in the morning is seeing the beautiful sunrises that God paints in the sky. Seeing the splendor and majesty of a sunrise or sunset has always made me feel God’s presence.
This morning, it was too cloudy to see the sunrise. God quickly reminded me that, although I do not see the majestic sunrise, it is still there.
I quickly realized that this parallels other times in life where we are on the spiritual “mountain top” and see God working in every area of our life. It is GREAT! We feel alive and faith is “Easy” – these are the sunrise kind of days. And then there are seasons in life and our faith walk where we are in the “valley”. We are struggling and we don’t easily see God working – these are the cloudy days.
God is not any less real in our valley seasons. He is still there, still working and showing his splendor, but we don’t always see it or feel it. These are the seasons where faith is not easy. But you know, if we saw the beautiful sun rises every morning, they would lose some of their splendor. We would grow accustomed to them always being there and we would not appreciate them. The same is true for our mountain and valley seasons. If we spent our whole lives living on the mountain and never having hard times, we may lose appreciation for what God does for us and around us.
Another parallel: I LOVE pumpkin pie. If I ate it every day, it would no longer be a special treat that I look forward to. MMM, pumpkin pie…. OK, back to topic:
This morning’s conversation with God highlighted something Hubby and I were just talking about last night. The Israelites spent 40 years in the desert. (Exodus). God performed miracles daily. Providing manna for food (Exodus 16:35) and leading them with a pillar of fire by night and cloud by day. (Exodus 13:21). I have often wondered how they could doubt God’s promises and existence when they saw and lived off his miracles daily.
Maybe it had something to do with the miracles becoming “routine” and losing their majesty in the eyes of the Israelites. God was not any less involved. God did not waver. But the human’s perception and understanding of God changed. They started expecting these things and stopped seeing them as the special gift that they were.
<pLord, I pray that I will always appreciate the sunrise days and that you help me to be more aware of and appreciate your work around me. Let it never become “routine”.
(Blog post originally posed as a FB note)