Sun Rise on Galilee

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Just over a week ago I had an experience that I will never forget. It was about 5:00 in the morning and I was waking up in a Kibbutz located on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. Our group had been told the night before to be sure and get up to see the sun rise over the waters of the Galilee. But after all I see the sun come up every morning. I am an early riser. So watching the sun rise is simply of part of my day. Normally I will see the sun rise through my office window. My office at the church has a window on the East side of the building. And there are a lot of days that while I am having my quiet time I praise the Lord as the sun rises and streams through my office window.

But as I lay in bed at the Kibbutz I decided I would take the advice of Abraham, our guide in Israel, and get up to watch the sun rise over the sea of Galilee. By the way, how cool is it to have a guide in Israel named Abraham. So taking Abraham's advice I rolled out of bed put on some some warm clothes and headed out to watch the sun come up over the Sea of Galilee. As I arrived I was greated by several of the people in our group. Others had chosen to watch this same event. And it was fun to talk with my friends as we watched the sun begin to brighten.

Soon I was able to find a place where I was somewhat alone. And all of a sudden it happened. The sun sprang up over the mountains that surround the Sea of Galilee. With a simple stream of light that soon exploded into a flood of brightness the sun arose and the Sea of Galilee became a brilliant mirror as the light of the sun radiated through the moving water. What a sight it was. Abraham had not been exagerating when he told us there was nothing like watching the sun rise in Galilee. It was magnificent.

Then I thought. "I have just watched the sunrise in Israel. I just stood on the shore of the Sea of Galilee and watched the sun come up." How many times had our Lord done the same thing? How many times had He awakened early because of the burdens of life and had see the sun rise? Were there times when He could not sleep and He lay all night looking out into the darkness over the water? Then as the day broke the sun came up and He was reminded of the greatness and the magnificance of His Father. As I stood that morning and soaked up the sun of Israel I also praised the Lord in my heart. My prayer was something like this. "Father thank You that You are God. Thank You that You control every thing in my life. Thank You that today You will walk with me. Father You are more amazing than the sun rise. You are more magnificent than the sun splashing over the water. You are my God and You care for me. You are my God and You deserve my praise. You are my God and you deserve all of my life. Thank You Father for Jesus. Thank You that He lives in me through His Spirit. Thank You for the sunrise. But most of all thank You for drawing me to Yourself and making me Your own. I love you Father. Live through me today".

As I write these words the sun is about to burst forth over the horizon. It will stream through my window. It will be the same sun I saw in Israel. And the same God will live in my life. How I praise Him that I can trust Him with everything in my life today. You can trust His as well. Enjoy the sun rise and worship our Lord.


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