One morning (like most mornings), Mr. Bluebird was on top of the suet pole—a silhouette of a restful soul waiting for the day to begin. He sits and waits with an almost human-like reverence for what is about to take place. If I had to guess, I’d say he actually does understand the dawning of the day better than most.
Then, at the end of the day he was back on top of the pole, as you can see in the picture above; the same reverent presence, acting almost like he was holding the sun’s hand as it drifted off to sleep. If you can’t tell, it spoke to me. There was a strange and wonderful thing happening. I felt blessed.
How we start and finish the day is important. If we start the day in reverent observance, with an attitude of worship and of putting God first, then we are as ready for the day as we can be. But then to turn and give God the glory in the same fashion, ending with him just as it began with him, we complete the day in a most beautiful fashion. It reminds me of Genesis 1, “And there was evening and there was morning, the first day” (Genesis 1.5).
I challenge you: spend your waking moments in gratitude for new breath, new life, and a new day. But just the same, finish the way you started, with a thankful heart.
May it be so, O Lord.