Since I have been opening the coffee shop for the last month, I have been witnessing more and more sunrises. Half of my drive into work in the morning I drive toward the rising sun and I always feel like I'm chasing it. When people play the "would you rather game," they say "would you rather see a sunrise or a sunset?" My answer is always the same, a sunrise. A sunrise has so much promise. In Oregon a beautiful sunrise often means a beautiful day is coming. There is so much hope in a sunrise. Hope for a fresh start, hope for a morning spent with Jesus and a good cup of coffee. Hope for a day of kindness towards others, hope that I am a little less like myself and more like Jesus. Hope for excitement and thrill. Hope for beauty and butterflies in my tummy.
It also makes me think about the people who chase metaphoric sunrises. They chase dreams, they chase a girlfriend/boyfriend, the perfect outfit, the better job, the nicer car. That's all it ever is though right? A chase. A moment of beauty, of satisfaction of contentment. Maybe, just maybe they do get their hands on the better job but the satisfaction doesn't hang around. Pretty soon that job isn't good enough anymore, so they continue chasing their sunrise.
I am guilty of this. I think I'm brave enough to say we all are in some way. We all have ideas and dreams we chase after. I'm not saying it isn't ok to dream, but I am saying that if your dreams aren't in line with what God has for you I think you will be disappointed. God is teaching me right now what it means to hold my dreams with open hands. I am tired of chasing sunrise after sunrise. I want to chase Jesus. I want to be more like him. He is worth the chase. And I will let you in on a secret, you will seek Him and find Him when you seek Him with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:13)
Love and The Chase