November 25 was a day too late to truly catch Comet Ison but I wanted to try anyway. In addition, the morning was accompanied by low clouds in the East that obliterated any chance of catching it. I watched the last prominent stars disappear in the early dawn light. It was cold; the bed was calling me. Sunrises are so common. Why not pass this one up?
I have learned as a Christian to be prepared for change. The attitude and posture of watching for change is taught in the Scripture a dozen times. We carry that same principle over to observing. With this attitude, there is no bad observing period, because each one shows something–even under bad conditions. So, instead of going in, I hesitated, thought, quick ran inside to grab a camera, picked a vantage point, and waited.
The air was perfectly still but the continent’s midsection had a huge front moving eastward about 1000 miles per day. The skies were a perfect signature (“red sky in the morning, sailors take warning”) for a coming weather change. In minutes, the lower Eastern sky turned red and orange.
Minutes later, the changes continued. High layers of clouds began mixing with the dawn light as the colors intensified.
Within 10 minutes the colors had reached their peak.
In 15 minutes the show was gone. Normal sunrise golds, blues, and greys erased any evidence that a signature dawn sky had come and gone.
It is just that fast that situations present themselves for important decisions for a watching and waiting person. The window of opportunity for most things important are like that. Often, there is no second chance.
So is it a surprise that God says, “watch” or “be prepared?” Our walk is transparent to Him but we don’t see that clearly. So it behooves the true believer in Jesus Christ, no matter how complex the circumstances might be, to be prepared to to turn left, or right, continue, or stop–dependent on the moving of the Holy Spirit of God. There is not a family matter, worldly concern, source of anxiety, or anything else worth compromising this level of concern. For this reason, Jesus Christ makes this clear statement in Matthew 10:38: “…and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” The sentiment of preparedness and being ready caught in Hebrews 12 as it states, “…let us run with perserverence the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus…” 2 Thes 5:6 says, “But let us be alert and self-controlled…”
The quiet changing beauty of the sunrise is just a simple visible reminder of the same principle, because without preparedness and ability to change with the circumstances, my simple observation would have been missed. In like manner, if you are believer, don’t miss God. If you need to do something to make something right or perform some action, than do it when it comes to mind. Keep God first and a part of your decision making. For the unbeliever, do you know this God I am speaking about? He watches every life and beckons, one way or another, for each person to call out to Him. Don’t waste the opportunity and miss Him.