In a world of perpetual change, what is the one constant every morning? You might not always be able to see this event, but it happens every day, regardless of what day of the week it is or whether is it spring, summer, fall or winter. It happens whether you are awake or asleep. Nothing stops it, nothing slows it down. At places like the beach, people actually wake up early on their vacation just to watch this event. You guessed it; the answer is sunrise. Technically speaking, although the sun appears to rise from the horizon, it is actually the motion of the earth that causes the sun to appear. And astronomically speaking, sunrise only lasts for a brief instant; that moment in time when the upper limb of the sun appears tangent to the horizon. But let’s not get bogged down in the technical and astronomical aspects of a sunrise. Who doesn’t like to watch the sun rise in the morning? To see the sun pop up from the horizon is always such a beautiful sight.
When the sun comes up a new day is dawning. A fresh start; yesterday is in the history books and tomorrow is still another sunrise away. So don’t let the troubles from yesterday or the worries about what may or may not happen tomorrow steal the beauty and joy of today. Ask God to provide all that you need for today. Accept what He gives you as your manna for today. See Exodus 16 to read about how the Israelites were grumbling to Moses and Aaron about what they perceived as a lack of food as they journeyed to Sinai, and to see the Lord’s response to them.
In the Lord’s Prayer, when Jesus teaches us these words, “Give us today our daily bread,” He is telling us that we should pray for our needs and not our greeds. Jesus taught this in the context of the workers of that day often being paid one day at a time, so they truly knew the meaning of living hand to mouth.
Dear Father, we look to You today as our Provider for all that we need today. We will have faith that today’s bread is all that we need today and that tomorrow You will gives us tomorrow’s bread. Thank you for being our Loving Father and Provider. Amen
New Bern, North Carolina