“Rise and shine!” Maybe you woke up to that morning call as a child or in the military. While many people are familiar with the phrase, most aren’t aware of its origins. It comes from Scripture – Isaiah 60:1.
The word “arise” in this context means to wake up-not just physically, but spiritually. We must wake up to the knowledge of who we are what we are meant to do in the world. As it says in Proverbs, “The human spirit is the lamp of the LORD…”(20:27).
The word “shine” obligates us to do something with the divine spark within us. We must work on revealing it and sharing our unique light with the world. We are here to bring light to the darkest of places, healing to all broken places. While it might seem like a daunting task in the dark world we live in. The smallest amount of light can dispel a great amount of darkness.
A warm smile, a small favor, a kind word–it doesn’t take much to shine some light in this world. So tomorrow morning when you wake up. “rise and shine” your unique light out into the world and enjoy the glory that God shines back on you.