The Clearest Day Ever…
The rhythms of the sea with its shifting tides, rising waves, crashing surf, and drifting fog are mesmerizing. And as the fog lifts to expose a view stretching beyond the horizon’s curve into the heavens, both awe and calmness engulf the soul with a sense of belonging within that vastness.
“On a Clear Day You can See Forever” was a ‘60’s musical and later a film in which Barbara Streisand starred. It was a quirky but hope filled play/film about a young lady with low self esteem who learned how to value herself. A number of popular singers sang the theme song:
“On a clear day, rise and look around you, and you’ll see who you are.
On a clear day, how it will astound you
That the glow of your feelings outshines every star.
You will follow every mountain, sea and shore,
You will see from far and near a world you’ve never seen before.
On a clear day, on a clear day, you can see forever, and ever, and ever more.”
We Americans spend a great deal of time and money attempting “to see who (we) are.” A few of us overinflate our importance, but most of us are clearing up or cleaning up our self perceptions. We explore our insecurities, inadequacies, “mistakes”, and powerlessness. We face self-delusions and misconceptions while gathering confidence that we are valued and gifted individuals despite our heritage, opportunities, or personal backgrounds.
However, wherever we are on that journey of self-discovery and self-affirmation, of self-fulfillment and self-expression, or of self-love, the clearest day will be when we realize that we are supremely valued sinners in need of mercy and grace, that God loves us with a magnitude of love that is beyond our comprehension despite our unholiness, and that He has provided forgiveness, redemption and hope.
Finding that faith is the day “(We) will see from far and near a world (we’ve) never seen before/On a clear day, on a clear day, (we) can see forever, and ever, and ever more.”
(John 3:16,17, John 5:24, Matthew 11:28-30, Galatians 6: 7-8, 1 Timothy 1:15-6, 1 Peter 1:8-13)