Sunday, May 24, 2009

The approaching light

Lately i've been having trouble sleeping, but i have to admit that there is something really lovely about being awake when the birds start singing, beckoning the morning in. Last night it was as early as 3.30am and by 4am there was a whole chorus outside my window. I love the fact that they start singing when it's still dark... they know what's approaching, they know the dawn is coming. With the very first glimmers of light, when the rest of the world is still asleep, they proclaim the arrival of a new day and sing with joy. They sing because they have the hope of a promise of another day. So even before they see it they can declare it, they can rejoice in it, they welcome it in. I think it's a fine example of faith. Hebrews 11.1 says "faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen".... and when you have that assurance i guess you can step out in faith, knowing you will receive what is promised. So today i shall take my lesson from the birds.... and as i hear the dawn calling in the distance, the voice of truth beckoning, i shall rejoice in all that is promised... rejoice that soon we will be gathered up into the approaching light and folded into the arms of that great morning.... when we will see our Saviour's face.

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