Devotional Thoughts

I love sunrises. No two are the same. This summer, I experienced a sunrise in Sabah, Borneo unlike any other. Climbing up the watchtower at 5:30 a.m., I could easily see the rainforest stretching across the horizon. Fog hugged the trees. We sat, waiting for the sun to rise.

I must have taken over 200 photos of that sunrise alone. If you sat still long enough you could see the differences in the skyline as the sun’s rays began to shine more above the horizon.

But how many of us sit still as we wait, looking for the change in our lives?

Sunrises often remind me of my spiritual life. I love watching them, but grow impatient as I wait for the beautiful picture-worthy moment. I love saying God knows what He’s doing, but I grow weary, constantly looking for the sign of “completion.” What does one do to be reassured? For me, I look to the Bible.

“Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for Him to act.” Psalm 37:7

Just like I am to be still in the crisp morning as I wait for the sunrise, so I must still in His presence as He acts. As this year moves forward, remember He is always at work. Sometimes we just have to be still enough to see the differences.

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Emily "Emy" Wood is a senior studying communication.