New year sunrise!

I’ve taken the opportunity to watch a couple of sunrises in the last few days. The first one involved a bit of planning but the others have just happened because I like to get up early.   Like a lot of people I have been enjoying a holiday and have found myself with time to spare and my normal pattern of life interrupted and so I have taken the opportunity to sit for a while and watch the sun peak over the horizon and then make its way high into the sky.

My first sunrise of 2015 was New Year’s Day as we have started a bit of a tradition of heading to the beach to watch the dawning of the new year…this principally flowed out of the fact that we had experienced too many ‘dodgy’ new year’s celebrations which were well and truly underwhelming and we wanted to mark the new year with something special. It turned out to be a beautifully clear morning with the brightness of the sun making its presence felt, giving all who were observing a sense of anticipation for what was ahead.

But this morning’s sunrise was different… The sky was not clear and there wasn’t a particularly good reason to be up and about but as the sun began to rise that all changed. The fact that the sky was cloudy lead to an incredible light show filled with colour and significant beauty but the mix of cloud and sun also gave rise to dark shadows and ominous possibilities. Over a period of about 15 minutes I was treated to a display which could be described as breathtaking and it made me wonder what this day would bring. If there hadn’t been any cloud in the sky it would have been different but those obstacles gave the sun an opportunity to display its power and beauty in spectacular measure. Shafts of light breaking through the clouds; faint pink hues changing to bright yellow; and finally the full force of the sun completing the picture.

As we head into 2015 I am not sure what your year holds: I do not know if it is going to be smooth sailing or if there are storms ahead. This could be the best year of your life or it could be a challenging one but I do know one thing – the sun will keep on rising and… if you will allow it… the Sun of Righteousness (Jesus) can bring colour and dynamic power into your life.

Here is a promise for the dawning of the New Year… “to you who fear My name The Sun of Righteousness shall arise With healing in His wings” (Malachi 4:2)

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