Once I am outside I find it is one of the most precious parts of my day.

Lamentations 3:1-66

Reference:  v.22-23
Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (NIV Bible)

Explore:  There's something special about a sunrise.  Most mornings I will get up and go for a walk.  While it often takes a bit of motivation to get myself out of bed, once I am outside I find it is one of the most precious parts of my day.  It is the time I spend talking things over with God and I can not help to see His beauty in the mornings.  The particularly magnificent days are when I get to see the sun rise.  The colours of pinks, oranges or purples across the sky are just magnificent.  And for me, when I see the sun rise, it reminds me of new beginnings.  I find that I am filled with hope that light has been shed on a new day, with new possibilities and new potential.  The past has been put to rest and a new day has dawned.

Application:  Sometimes it is difficult for us to understand that a new day will come.  We can be dealing with a situation that seems to be in never-ending darkness.  However, we can be assured that the sun will rise again.  When Judah was in deep despair, not knowing when the destruction and pain would end, even they could see that the sun would rise again.  Their faith told them that God was faithful and He would show up.  When I am in a time of bleak darkness, and it seems that there is no way out, I often struggle to see the dawn of a new day.  It is then that I really need to push my faith to the front and say, 'I can not see any light at this point in time, but I know the sun will rise again.'  There may be no sign of dawn in sight but I hold to the experiences from my past when I have not been left in darkness.  We all experience times of darkness but our faith teaches us that God is loving, His compassion and faithfulness is new every morning.  You may not be able to see it now, but believe that the sun will rise.

Prayer:  Lord, help us to see the dawn of a new day.  Amen.

When you are going through a time of darkness, do you find it difficult to rely on God or is that when your faith really starts to build?


This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.