Arise, shine;
For your light has come!
And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.
For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth,
And deep darkness the people;
But the Lord will arise over you,
And His glory will be seen upon you.
The Gentiles shall come to your light,
And kings to the brightness of your rising.
“Lift up your eyes all around, and see:
They all gather together, they come to you;
Your sons shall come from afar,
And your daughters shall be nursed at your side.
Then you shall see and become radiant,
And your heart shall swell with joy;
Because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you,
The wealth of the Gentiles shall come to you.
The multitude of camels shall cover your land,
The dromedaries of Midian and Ephah;
All those from Sheba shall come;
They shall bring gold and incense,
And they shall proclaim the praises of the Lord.
All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered together to you,
The rams of Nebaioth shall minister to you;
They shall ascend with acceptance on My altar,
And I will glorify the house of My glory.

As Canaan breaks out of the womb of the wilderness, as the dawn breaks out of the womb of the dusk so should the light of a believer break out of the darkness of the present day existence so the glory of God can shine farther and further.

The call to arise can be likened to the emergence of a chick from an egg duly incubated; it is a call to break out from the cocoon, or for the molten lava to erupt from the belly of the volcano.
However, in the school of emergence, the process is more important than the outcome. The egg goes through incubation period till due date, the spider goes though developmental stages while in the cocoon, and the lava sediments and melts before eventual eruption.
The bigger picture requires the accumulation of every tiny stroke of the painter to emerge.

The great things we long and search for are contained in the small things we regard or disregard. God does not only focus on who we are but more on who we can become.
Everything you have now should serve to acquire what you should have next. The unfaithful is a bad investment, God has invested in you all he has; be faithful in the utilization, and in due course you shall receive the command – Arise, shine!

PRAYER: My father and my God, let every step I take in life move me from pain to gain, from labour to honour and from shame to fame.


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