Looking out across the hill of Great Hamilton this morning during sunrise, I thought that perhaps it would be a rather mundane event. I should have thought, God never does the mundane. Three small trail wisps of cloud jutted off in the different directions and I awaited the suns presence. Then just as a flock of birds took off I saw the first rays reach over the horizon. Stunning and awe inspiring was the sight.
I never get bored of the sunrise or the sunset, or any other amazing part of God’s creation.
20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
The birds hear the creators voice as He calls from the horizon, they have no trouble recognising who takes care of them, and so should we. But why is it that some days we do not seem like we are following the Lord? If the Lord has knocked on the door and I have heard and opened it, why then should I just say “Just a minute Lord, lets just have a rest and see what happens”?
The Lord calls us to do amazing things, to do amazing things for the Father. But too often I think I am not doing those things, too often I am just going about my business trying to get on with life. Each day can mold into any other if we are not careful.
The Lord calls upon us to take risks, to step out from the rest, to go the extra mile, and not to look back and worry about things that God has seen to already.
In the reading we are told that the church of the Laodiceans is warned not to be lukewarm, and I wonder whether sometimes we have to wake up and have a health check to see if our current journey is lukewarm? I wonder whether we are living a compromise? Are we playing things safe because we don’t want to experience disappointment or ridicule.
Certainly the sunrise was a wondrous spectacle and within minutes the sun’s rays were blazing down upon the earth.
The sunset picture sees two birds huddled together in what appeared to be field ablaze with the colours of the sun.
Further down the road another view of the sunset
So after arriving home it started to get dark, I heard a knock on the door and it was a child that was walking around from house to house singing songs to cheers people up – he said it was to raise awareness that January was the month most likely people would commit suicide and he wanted to cheer people up. I was speechless that a young child would have such courage to go out alone. I thanked him and he left, and I prayed for him after he had left.
Is God calling us all to have this courage that this one child did, to step out and to do a simple act but perhaps it is outside our comfort zone?
Are we like the church of the Laodiceans in Revelations or are we like a cold tree in winter, waiting for the spring to awaken our souls?
Tonight I pray that our faith does not become cold or even lukewarm, but that the passion and love that Christ felt for the mission He had on earth, as He changed one life at a time, should breath life into our hearts, should fill our souls and guide our minds. I pray we all can take that extra step with urgency knowing that we are working for God if we can just keep that faith burning inside.