I am privileged to view the mountains lining the Hudson River from my house. This morning from the height of my development, I enjoyed the soft colors of dawn blanketing the snowy mountains. Descending to river level on my route to work, the lovely view I had minutes ago enjoyed was obscured by a heavy fog. I could barely make out the mountains in the distance. Then just a minute later the sun cleared the ridge and golden light illuminated the whole horizon. The mist which had filtered the view beyond now acted as the canvas for the sun’s golden rays. It was as if the river and sky were one and afire. Glorious! That is the only way to describe it. I have never seen anything like it before. Unfortunately, since I was driving, I was not able to capture the scene. However, I am assured that no picture could have captured the reality of that moment. For once instead of fumbling with my phone, I was able to soak in the radiance to its full effect.
As the miles passed on my way to work, my mind worked over this series of scenes. Initially, the fog disappointed me as it hindered my view of the sunrise. No longer could I see what was beyond. However, as soon as the sun came up, I rejoiced over the presence of the fog. For without it, I would have had only a lovely view of the mountains. Instead, I enjoyed the magnification of the sun’s glory. I could appreciate the sun’s fullness, something I daily take for granted.
In life, the fog of the unknown tomorrow blocks the knowledge of the future. There is no real knowing of what will come. However, when I focus instead on the Lord and the love he has for me and fullness of his Spirit within me, my today is transformed. I can savor the goodness of God for who he is without the distraction of what tomorrow may bring. I appreciate the fullness of God that I daily take for granted—no tomorrows can out shine him!
“Your sun will no longer set,
Nor will your moon wane;
For you will have the LORD for an everlasting light,
And the days of your mourning will be over.” – Isaiah 60:20