I have always loved the freshness, quietness, and stillness of dawn. I grew up on a farm, and in the summer I loved to be out moving irrigation pipe or raking hay while watching the darkness fade to light.
For the past 20 years I’ve been the breakfast maker in our home, so my enjoyment of dawn has been mostly from inside. But now that our youngest has headed off to boarding school, I’ve gotten dawn back for myself and I find myself wanting to be outside as dawn approaches [the rainy season hasn’t hit yet!].
As summer draws to a close, I’ve been going for little runs and stuffing myself with blackberries while listening to my favorite CS music artists on my ipod [you know who you are!]. Sometimes I’ve been so inspired as I run thru the ever-lightening wooded park that I can barely contain my joy.
The past couple of days have given me a few ‘demons’ of my own to work on. Some personal issues have darkened my sense of Love’s presence and guidance. Although I prayed about it last night, I still went to sleep with only some confidence that things would work out well.
Waking up this morning, I could hardly wait to get out for a run and watch the dawn come. Even though there was no change in the issues of last night, I could feel darkness and uncertainty fade from thought as the day dawned. I found myself spreading my arms like an airplane and swooping around the trail with new joy and confidence in God’s plan. God’s love was ‘lifting off’ the downward pull of troubled thoughts.
We can ‘do’ dawn any time of day. At any moment we can choose to let the light of God’s love replace our troubled thoughts with hope and joy!