Coffee mug in hand and Bible in my lap, I hadn’t slept much; praying seemed to exhaust me even more, and it felt like a futile effort. I was stuck in a questioning cul-de-sac, praying circles around family issues that hadn’t been resolved and even now seemed to be getting worse. Suddenly, the brilliant sunrise interrupted my pathetic prayers, announcing its entrance with warm hues of vivid orange, hot pink, and intense red peeking through the grey clouds of dawn. Watching the sun’s arrival, I was overwhelmed with praise by the enormous combination of joy and humility and awe. The daily sunrise retold the truth: God is still on His throne. The shadows of my unanswered prayers didn’t matter anymore; I regained focus and regrouped my faith in God’s resources. Remembering God’s faithful provision reminded me of God’s promises and how He always keeps His word. Through experiencing this timely sunrise, God’s presence broke through yesterday’s disappointments, frustrations, and unfinished prayers and to-do lists. God assured me He was at work.
“Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10
My sunrise experience was an encounter with God as He reached out to care for my soul. God desires for our soul to be whole and healthy. Only through God can it be redeemed, this is what matters more than the outcome of any circumstance. But we must ask ourselves this question: “God, what are you trying to do in me while I am waiting for you to do something for me?” We must not neglect caring for the well-being of our soul. Isaiah 30:16 says, “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength but you would have none of it.”
Dallas Willard said, “Hurry is the great enemy of our souls in our day. Being busy is mostly a condition of our outer world; it is having many things to do. Being hurried is a problem of the soul. It’s being so preoccupied with me and what myself has to do that I am no longer able to be fully present with God. There is no way a soul can survive when it is hurried.”
Take just a moment out of your day to slow down. Now, read Psalm 24 aloud. It really helps adjust our attitude. Verse one says, ”The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it, for he founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters.” How to care for your soul? You don’t have to wait for tomorrow’s certain sunrise; you can praise God now for who He is. Let’s pray:
Father, thank you for providing for our soul’s salvation. Thank you for allowing us to receive daily care for our soul through the power of your presence. Help us to let you work in us as we are waiting for you to do something for us. We want to be whole and healed in our body, mind, and soul. Thank you for your will be done. In Jesus’ name, amen.