EARTH: Faithfulness Day & Night by Francine Rivers

Reflections on How God Speaks Through Nature

Faithfulness Day & Night by Francine Rivers

From: Earth Psalms

The faithful love of the Lord never ends!
His mercies never cease.
Great is his faithfulness;
his mercies begin afresh each morning.
(Lamentations 3:22-23)

Rick and I get up early, and we’re often treated to a sunrise casting its glow along the horizon.  Early evening brings the sunset.  Each winter, winds strip our oak of its broad leaves, so we can see the full blaze of glory from our deck.

Colors, so many colors.  Sunrise often brings pinks, lavenders, and pale yellows that give way to pale blue above a sea of white cotton clouds.  By five o’clock, the sun is going down.  One night, the sky was molten hot red with streaks of fiery orange and gold.  Another night, the clouds turned lavender and pink, then purple.  When the sun disappeared, the sky turned indigo, then black with diamond dust tossed onto Heavenly canvas.

Sunrise, sunset.  Both amaze us.  Each day is different, unique, rich in variant hues, with swirls of gauzy cloud designs that change shape and color by the minute – all painted by the Artist as we watch in awe.

I have come to see these times of incredible beauty as God’s daily greetings, a reminder that he loves us and is ever present.  We are never alone.  We can speak with him anytime, day or night.  Sunrise is God’s “Good morning.”  I can look forward to the day, knowing he will guide and protect me.  As scripture tells us, “His mercies begin afresh each morning.”  What a wonderful promise!  Yesterday’s mistakes don’t carry over.  Today is a new beginning, and God can open my eyes to new friends, possibilities, opportunities.  And then, in the evening as the sun goes down in all its glory, God’s “Good night,” reassures me that I am in his hand on his heart, and he watches over me as I sleep.  Morning, evening, or in the darkest stretches of the night, he is never off duty.

Through many dangers, toils, and snares,
I have already come;
‘Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.

REFLECT

What does it mean that God’s mercies are new, or fresh, every day?  How can remembering God’s faithful presence and protection give you peace as you go about your daily activities?

APPLY

This week, make an effort to view at least one sunrise and one sunset, observing the incredible beauty of our Creator.  Choose one scripture passage to read every morning and another every evening (perhaps Lamentations 3:22-23 in the morning and Psalm 121 at night).  Let these truths about God’s presence, mercy, and loving protection fill your mind and influence your thoughts through the day and the night.

CONNECT WITH GOD

Lord God, I am grateful for your amazing sunrises and sunsets, which remind me of your love and your presence.  Thank you that your mercies begin afresh each day.  Your forgiveness allows me to begin every morning anew, ready to see what you have for me.  In the evening, when I lie down to sleep, may I rest in the knowledge that you have been with me all day and will continue to watch over me.

Satisfy us each morning with your unfailing love,
so we may sing for joy to the end of our lives.
(Psalm 90:14)

 

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