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This was going to be a particularly difficult day. Pressures at work, a long line of demands had been queuing up for months, responsibilities were pushing the limits of our sanity. My bride and I were comparing notes and it was going to be a tough day to start the work week.
On top of our regular routine we have a major trip coming up in a matter of weeks. Details of overseas travel are horrendous! We had to find time to invest in that preparation.
Departure times and dates are already getting tangled in our scheduling. Today we would have to make sure we made those adjustments. Double booking ourselves is an inconvenience for everyone and could easily undermine our efforts to be effective at all of our responsibilities.
We both heaved a deep sigh of dismay, loaded up our car with our bags for our day and drove off into the dark morning for our long commute. My thoughts were lost in our need to get over the financial hump of needed changes, travel expenses and time investments. If I could I needed to think about relieving my bride of the pressure she was feeling.
Now, we discussed possible drastic changes in our circumstances. What dramatic changes could we live with if that meant the relief of life pressures? There were no easy answers.
Then, we rounded the arching on ramp to the Interstate freeway. The Houston eastern skies were waiting to cut short the threatening discouragement. In front of us the Creator was putting on a show.
Clouds burst out of the east, pointing to the west. Behind those finger shaped clouds were the indescribable colors of the divine palate, splashing reds, oranges and yellows in balanced effect. Blue skies in the background were pushing the loud colors , pressing the daylight splendor.
We both smiled at the interruption to our concerns. The God of all gods was breaking into our worrisome souls. It was sensational sunrise.
He was starting the day off with a splendid artistic masterpiece. In massive swathes of colorful strokes that were changing by the minute, we could only watch as He finished up the waking of a new day. No words but just splendor.
We got the message. What did we really have to worry about if He was in charge? Now, we had a day to look forward to instead of dreading.
photo credit: yvonne fong photography
Then, I peaked through one open eye and saw the time. “Groan,” time to be a responsible adult and go to work. Maybe a shower would refresh my soul to a new day.
Honestly? There have been a few times when I have closed my eyes in the shower, leaned against a wall just to rest. Rarely, have I startled myself awake only to realize that I wasn’t swimming my morning laps but gasping for air while the shower hit me in the face.
Maybe years of experience got me on track for my morning commute. Or it could have been a legion of Guardian Angels working on overtime to get me safely to where I needed to be. Poor angels!
Driving toward the Interstate was worth the tough morning start. On the entry ramp that is equivalent to a Texas fly over due to the height, gave my wonderful wife and I a spectacular view of the city of Katy waking up with us. It was a smile-making new day start.
The weather forecast looks brutal today. It is the sun that will be prominent as our Texas temperatures soar above 100 degrees. Yet, this morning our solar systems single star was pleasant, bright and welcoming.
OK, it was the air conditioning that kept us cool while the sun was warming up. Nevertheless, high temperatures and stifling humidity were at bay. Now, the colors of the rising sun and its filtered rays just made me smile.
I was glad to welcome the morning. The past slow start was history. Now I could feel the momentum of a new day surging through my body.
Light has a way of driving out the darkness of moaning and groaning. Shadows no longer win. Now, all can be seen and a soul can drink in the hopes of a new day.
It was a long morning to finally wake up. I would just as soon keep the skid marks by my bedside fresh. However, my day’s start, I am always thrilled to see the Creator’s fingerprints where He makes me look.
Are you as much in love with the morning as I want to be? Do you feel yourself waking up and taking in the possibilities of a new day?
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