A new day

Photo compliments of Bonnie Funabashi O'Keeffe

Photo compliments of Bonnie Funabashi O’Keeffe

Sunrise reminds me (and all of us) of a new day – a fresh start, new opportunities, the potential for great things.  However, we sometimes don’t make the time to see these new opportunities.

A friend of mine recently could not sleep.  She got out of bed instead of tossing and turning with insomnia.  The situation could have been negative – not enough sleep – tired for the rest of the day – unproductive, crabby, exhausted.  However, because of her inability to sleep, she ventured outside in the wee hours and captured this beautiful sunrise.

A bad situation ended up being a beautiful start to her day.

Our lives can be like that too.  We can become upset at the inconveniences or misfortunes of life.  Bad things do happen.  People make mistakes – whether willfully or accidentally.  We have a choice in our response.  We can let the negative events drag us down with them, or we can go the opposite direction.  We can look for the opportunities that a bad turn of events may also present.

My friend would have preferred a full night’s sleep, as would most of us.  When that did not happen, she kept her eyes open was able to capture a beautiful sunrise that might have otherwise been missed.  Fortunately for me, she was willing to share the photograph, and thus others can experience this same beauty.

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
 they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:22-23 (ESV)

We should approach our days each day with eyes wide open.  God grants us new love and mercy each day.  Likewise, we should look for the opportunities to give grace and see the beauty around us – even in misfortunate circumstances.

Our response is what matters.  We have the choice to seek joy from our circumstances.  The ability lies within each of us.

What positive aspects can you find in a negative situation you are going through now?

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