The Sun Came Up This Morning

The sun came up this morning. Did you notice? Last night, while the storms raged, God was ordering the universe for a perfect sunrise this morning. He formed just the right number of clouds in just the right texture to create the oranges, reds, and blues in the eastern sky. The sun came up this morning. Did you notice?
 

The gladiolas that last week sent up a loaded shoot of buds, and that yesterday barely revealed their pastel pink blossoms, begin to unfurl from the lowest buds signaling a promise. In short order, the color will climb up the long sturdy stalks as if sending up praise to the Creator who dressed them in glory. The sun came up this morning. Did you notice?

The yellow rose bush planted tearfully in memory of a loved one years ago sports seven bright blooms. The soft morning light reveals their tight spirals of petals perfectly proportioned by the Creator. As if connected to the loved one that is gone, they say to the morning admirer, “Everything is okay.” The sun came up this morning. Did you notice?

The bluebird stands on her porch and whistles, “Thank you.” She tweets a song of thanksgiving for the one who constructed her house. Mostly though, she sings for the one who dressed her in blue. She thanks Him for the night’s rain, for keeping her safe, and for the sustenance His showers provide for her young. The sun came up this morning. Did you notice?

The leaves of the live oak held on through the late-night storm. This morning they wave gently in gratitude for the morning light. The strong howling winds failed to separate them from their roots. In the early light, they bounce triumphantly in praise as they carry on their work of gathering in the light. The sun came up this morning. Did you notice?

On the limbs of the pecan tree, the mother squirrel jumps for joy from branch to branch in defiance of gravity. She has stuffed her cheeks with this morning’s manna. Unable to speak, she whips her tail instead to show her gratitude to Jehovah Jireh. He never fails to supply her every need. The sun came up this morning. Did you notice?

As the sun continues on its circuit, one by one, the shadows light up. By the end of the day, there will be no square inch of green grass that did not taste its heat or hear its declaration. “You will live.” The clouds fail to prevail against the great light that rules the day. The Creator made sure. The sun came up this morning. Did you notice?

All His creatures praise Him this morning. No bird sits idle without singing. The butterflies, the honeybees, and every creepy crawling thing comes out to thank Him for life. In their own way, in their own voice, according to their own gifts and ability, they spend the morning in worship. The sun came up this morning. Did you notice?

All the earth makes a joyful noise to the Lord. The sea roars and all that fills it. The rivers clap their hands. The hills sing for joy together. They make a name for the Lord, an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off. The storm may last for the night, but joy comes in the morning. The sun came up this morning. Did you notice?