This morning, as I looked out my window, I saw the sunrise. There were brilliant hues of gold and burgundy, with a border of Arizona sky blue. It was gorgeous.
After looking at it for a minute, I noticed that the western sky was also colored. It was a dusty rose color. I like dusty colors, so I found it pretty, but not as awe-inspiring as the eastern sky. The eastern sky was reflecting the rays of the sun, whereas the western sky was reflecting the reflection of the sun. The real sunrise as more lovely...more...more...there aren't words for it, it was just so beautiful! The western sky was nothing in comparison. It lacked the luster and brilliance of the real sunrise.
As I stood there, I thought about how this happens to people. Some people have Jesus in their lives. You can see it in their actions, their words, their very facial expressions. The sky of their lives have the Son of Righteousness rising every morning. They have the brilliance of knowing God and reflecting Him to others.
Then there are "western-sky-at-6:15-am" people. They reflect the people who reflect God. "Westerners" wear the "right" clothes, say the "right" words, even pick the "right" careers, but they don't reflect God. They do what the "Easterners" do.
I've seen...no, I've been a "Westerner". I know from experience, they aren't happy. There is something missing in their life. They try imitating the sunrise but they are missing the most important part...the sun! We can never have the joy of reflecting God if we are reflecting the people who know God without having God in our own lives.
I have "tasted and see[n] that the Lord is good". Nothing compares to having Him rising in my life. Let's all make a point of letting the Son of God be the sun of our lives.