It’s the season of Lent, in case you didn’t know.
This year I’ve learned that Lent is all about allowing God to examine our hearts and deal with any hidden sin lurking in its depths. It is a season of preparation for the celebration of Easter, creating both a sense mourning and rejoicing.
Usually people give up some type of distraction for Lent in order to grow in their relationship with God. I, however did something a little different and got up (almost) every morning to take a peek at the sunrise.
It’s amazing because the sunrise is different every morning. Sometimes it comes in glorious purples and reds and other times it is a subtle orange breaking through a snowy sky, but either way, it is new and brings with it the hope of another tomorrow. Once I was literally awestruck because from the utter blackness of night, the sun pierced through and illuminated everything.
It reminded me of sin.
When we find ourselves in the midst of sin, it’s like we are in the middle of the night, where there is no promise that the darkness will subside. Thus, we learn to exist within the bitternes of nighttime. But in a moment, everything can change. Christ, He who conquered death, breaks through our darkness. It would be so easy to treat this marvelous occasion as a one time event, but I find myself in constant need of God to break through my darkness. Loneliness, depression, lust, unforgiveness–I need Him to be there. I need His light to be ever-present.
We may be saints, but we still battle with the sinners in us. We may be sinners, but we are only one sunbeam away from being saints. Grace is ever near to us. It is constantly chasing us down and giving us another opportunity to be conformed in the likeness of Christ.
The sunrise brings with it new mercies every morning for saints and sinners. We are not confined to our darkness.
Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
-A World Changer