A sunrise over the southeastern Atlantic Ocean is something to behold. The brilliant coral breaks through over the distant horizon first. Then it spreads across the sky, painting it all shades of pink and crimson. Little by little, the sky lightens until you see a sliver of bright light rising in the distance. Its reflection shoots across the ocean, gradually rising until it is completely suspended in the sky. The light of both the sun in the sky and its reflection in the water is almost too bright to look at. At certain times of the year stars and planets accompany the sunrise, adding to the beauty of it. And the palm trees that line the shore provide a lovely silhouette against the ever brightening sky.
“I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning.” Psalm 130:6.
Have you ever had a sleepless night and you just couldn’t wait to see the first glimmer of light peek through your curtains? Then you know how it feels to be a watchman waiting for the morning.
I am struck by this comparison. How often do I wait for the Lord with such anticipation, with such patience? In my devotional time, do I wait to hear from God or do I just read my Bible, pray, and get up to begin the day’s responsibilities? I’m afraid, more often than not, it’s the latter.
What am I missing when I don’t wait on God? Wisdom, guidance, direction, correction, encouragement, rebuke, instruction. Perhaps answers I have been waiting on and praying for. Maybe clarification on something I don’t understand. Or perhaps just sweet fellowship with the One who loves me more than anyone. In this world of hurry, it’s way too easy to spend a little time with God, mark it off the list, and go on to the next thing.
This beautiful sunrise was worth patiently waiting for. Even more so, hearing from the Lord is worth waiting for, more than watchmen wait for the morning.