The sunrise is my favorite. The world is still asleep and the cold air chilling. Waking up while darkness still hugs the sky is not what gets me out of bed- it’s the promise of the sun. It’s the promise of the serenity it brings while it ascends from the ocean’s deep horizon, painting a brilliant light across the sky. The pastel purple, the soft blue, the fire orange- it awaits the sun, as do I. My eyes fixated on the promise that it is coming.
I sat still in awe of the awakening sun (Psalm 46:10). The Lord creates the world to be so beautiful, so sacred, and this was one of those moments. I dug my feet in the sand as I wrapped up in a blanket and relaxed in the assurance that the Lord is good.
I retreated to my Bible to do my quiet time: John 19- Jesus’ crucifixion. As I read the details, the pain that He suffered, the knowledge that He humbly and compassionately carried the weight of all our sins past, present, and future on his back, the image of his agony… I squirmed. I honestly could not fathom it. This chapter is dark, the Savior of the world was mocked and fighting breaths between death and life. I wanted to shake his crucifers: Do you know who you are killing?
Sand still on my toes, I realized that the beauty of this morning’s sunrise was only because of the deep indescribable love that Jesus displayed on that wooden cross. If it wasn’t for His act of ultimate affection for us, His sons and daughters, then the sunrise this morning would have given us no light, no hope of another day. Jesus endured this pain that we cannot understand to give us moments like this, where we may be one with Him.
“I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as We are one.” // John 17:11
If I’m being honest, I think I asked myself the previous question for a bigger selfish reason. Why would you crucify Jesus- I want to see him! And you are opting to take His life?! I mean, let’s be real, who wouldn’t want to see Jesus? And these people begged to take Him away? WHAT! Jesus knew it would be hard to believe in Him, so He took the time to pray for us (John 17). Why? Because He knew the struggle we would have in putting our faith in the unseen.
“Because you have seen Me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” // John 20: 29
You guys, that’s us! He is talking about us! He is rooting for us to choose to have faith in Him, the God who was seen but who endured death for us, who opted to be unseen for us. But… we do see Him! The sunrise painted the way it is, isn’t that Jesus? The sense of awe we get in being still and observing nature, isn’t He there? Isn’t that Him? Jesus is seen in all things good, if we choose to recognize it. If we choose to believe, well, than blessed are we.
Annie // @annie_body_home