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When my alarm clock starts its gentle marimba tune, our bedroom is very dark. Our human activity kicks in and we share our bathroom to get ready for the day. Like preprogrammed robots we move about the house with a well-planned and well-rehearsed routine.
While it is still dark outside we load our vehicle and start our 40 minute commute. We travel down I-10 and join 100,000 other vehicles who are also starting their day. Our journey is so much easier than so many since the two of us qualify for the High Occupancy Vehicle lane.
All of the vehicles have their headlights on. At this early hour it is like driving at night. There are plenty of street lights but having lights on is a safety measure so that others can see us.
But, the night never lasts forever. Instead, as certain as we are about life’s most important standards and guarantees, a sunrise is going to happen. When it shows up, it will chase away the darkness as if it was melting butter on a hot pan.
The sky first becomes lighter. Shades of grey appear as if the sky is being diluted from its pitch black domination. Then, on the horizon there is a beacon of orange light.
Our commute is progressing well while the show on the horizon stage is unfolding. There is no stopping it now. Day is on its way.
Grey skies burst into an orange pallet of brilliant color. Fiery red blazons the horizon. Rays of yellow blast out from where the sun is moving with deliberate unhurried speed.
When darkness shrouds a spirit to hang with gloom and doom, the light is overpowering. Hope is restored. Smiles have a reason to emerge with determination.
Headlights from so many vehicles no longer dominate the scene. Instead, every driver, even the grumpy ones, have to gaze to the horizon and at least appreciate it if not mentally breaking out into a happy dance. The Creator who repeats this performance with grand elegance never charges a fee.
Can you imagine? The most splendid show is absolutely complementary. Seating is never a problem.
When life gets tough and circumstances get rough, remember how you began your day. Love the promises and the truths that are wrapped up in the grandeur of that stunning light show. God did that to remind you that He is real, He is here and His love for us is unending.
photo credit: brucefong cellphone photography