During my stay in Gloucester, I awoke every morning at O’Dark-Thirty, made my way to the empty dining hall, made the day’s first pot of coffee for fellow retreaters and myself, and slipped out to sit on a rock and await the Sol (our Sun). By the second day, it became apparent to me that it is through our self-centeredness and hubris that we call this daily miracle a “sunrise.” Let me explain.
The fact is that SOL isn’t moving to or for us, but it is we who are moved into position to see it. Every day of our life, SOL is waiting for this great big beautiful ball to rotate us into a place where we if we care to put in the effort, can experience that life-giving light. In other words, SOL doesn’t need us; we need SOL.
It does not matter if the day is clear, partly cloudy, overcast, or pea-soup foggy. You do not have to see SOL to witness, experience, and celebrate the evidence that SOL is there. Even on the cloudiest of days, it will make its presence known.
the “Big Picture”
Along with billions of stars throughout the universe, SOL was created by the Author of Life, the Universe, and Everything! It is placed in precisely the correct position in the universe to support a little blue ball, that third rock from the sun, with just the precise orbit, the right chemicals, and the perfect amount of water to support even the minutest type of life. This is no accident!
Every law of astrophysics, biochemistry, astronomy, optics, magnetism, and more is intimately tied to life, and we are here to witness it. Slightly change our distance from SOL, remove the moon, prevent light from penetrating, go completely unfiltered, stop photosynthesis, or destroy all bacteria, and it’s “lights-out” for life on earth. And the rub is that none of this can be fixed with science (which, by the way, is also a gift from our Creator).
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:1-5
So my friends, accept the Word’s standing invitation. Get up early, grab a cup of coffee, plop yourself down, and make yourself available to the Lord. Let him bring you into position to see his LIGHT and feel his LOVE. And maybe, while you’re at it, you can enjoy the “sunrise” he provides daily.