Rise and Shine
…but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
- Isaiah 41:31 NIV
Rise and shine! It is the dawn of a new day! The sun is shining in all its radiance, though you may not see it through the billowing clouds. The soil must be tilled and seeds planted, before the harvest can be reaped. Face this day with anticipation. Be encouraged with the Lord’s words. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9 NIV).
Look with anticipation as you fulfill your mission today, knowing you are not alone. Our mighty Lord, the God of the universe, is not only with you, but in you. Echo the words of the apostle Paul, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13 NKJV)
So, what might the Lord have in store for you today? How might you join Him in his work? Look beyond the clouds with anticipation for what you may encounter. It is time to unwrap the precious gift that is today, and to get moving. “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24 ESV).