Life Lessons

Finding the Sun


Some people are born with a seemingly innate sense of direction. I am not one of them! They can easily tell which way is north, where the sun will rise and set. It’s a handy skill when you’re doing photography or house hunting and trying to work out which rooms will get the morning sun. I confess I have no idea of where north is, where the sun will set. I try to figure it out based on where I think landmarks are in relation to me but when you can’t see said landmarks you might as well have spun me around until I was dizzy and then had me point to north. In both cases I can assure you that I’m hazarding a guess and that is all.

Having diligently watched Bear Gryll’s survivor programmes, you’d think I’d have learnt how to use my watch to work it out. Well actually, I don’t wear a watch so the lesson is somewhat redundant. I don’t have any intention either of doing the stick thingy shadow thing that should also work. So my options in suburbia are rather limited to asking my husband. That is, until I recently when I discovered the “Sun Seeker Apps”. What an invention! These apps show you where the sun is relative to your location. So if you’re renovating and want to know where to place a window for maximium sunlight you just need to pull out the smart phone! And you suddenly appear smarter too!

It reminds me too of when I give to God. In the shambolic nature that finances can be – from unexpected bills, to cashflow shortfalls, to the rising cost of living and interest rates, I can become rather too focused on what my money won’t be able to get me, to how will we make it through to the next pay cycle. My focus can easily become on the logical, this world reality of my life. It seems black and white, set, decided. But when I stand before God with my tithe and offerings, I find myself having a mindshift. My eyes look up, they look Heavenward to Jesus. I am reminded that He is my provider. I feel His peace and assurance.

Bill Johnson said this “I try to live in such a way that nothing gets bigger than my awareness of God presence on my life.” When I worship through giving, I find it realigns my spirit – making sure I am centred and focused on God. I focus on Him – not on my lack, not my fear, not my earthly reality and numbers (or lack thereof) on my bank statement.

You can be sure that God will take care of everything you need, his generosity exceeding even yours in the glory that pours from Jesus. (Philippians 4:19 MSG)

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