I’m sitting here with my sunrise friends.

I started calling them that a few weeks ago.

There are 3 cars always sitting here at the Silverdale Waterfront waiting for me . . . well, they are waiting for the Sunrise. But, they are always here on Tuesdays and Wednesdays when I come for the Sunrise. We don’t know each other’s names or anything. We just sit in our warm cars and watch the sunrise over Dyes Inlet in solidarity.

I like it.

There is something broadening about starting your day watching the Sun actually rise.

It’s like my own personal message to myself that it’s not actually about me – or even my family – or even my friends – that what the Creator-Redeemer God has set into motion, even in the rhythm of the Sunrise, is so much bigger than anything I could come up with.

Which brings me to when I heard from Jesus.

Sometimes, God speaks in the gentle tide on the inlet while the Sun rises, or through my husband reminding me, gently. . .  of some commitment or another I made last year . . . but, sometimes, I hear God speak.

I was really upset because of a super dicey life circumstance a couple weeks ago – so much so that I decided to take a personal day and just rest. SIDE NOTE – I think we react more appropriately to life’s “stuff” when we are rested.

So, I was sitting in front of a fire I built myself with a stack of books and my list of complaints for God.

As I was making my case for why this was unfair, unjust, hurtful, exhausting . . . I was interrupted by the voice of my Jesus – directly to my heart saying this: “Name it small.”

Name it SMALL?!?!?!?

This is BIG. How can I name something small when it is big? It’s life-altering. It’s hurtful. It’s broken – I hate when broken things seem to remain broken.

Name it small. I realized in that moment that we each have the power to name our circumstance whatever we want to name it.

You can name it defeating. You can name it too much. You can name it the end. You can name it SMALL.

We need a perspective change.

When I compare my trouble to the vastness of Creation. I am stopped.

When I compare my trouble to the vastness of the Grace of the Redeemer. I am floored.

This is only one moment in all the seasons of all of time. This IS small. When I name this pain, this hurt, this moment small – I give permission to my God to be BIG.

It’s like I suddenly zoom out – away from the closeness of my present pain and see the pain of the whole world – and the plan to heal it all at once.

Do I really believe that God is not aware of my life?  We have been promised that He is working ALL THINGS together for GOOD. ALL THINGS is a lot more than what is happening in my life at this moment.

ALL THINGS takes a much bigger perspective than mine.


When I name it small, I join with all the Believers of all of time to say that we trust “the God who brings the dead back to life and who creates new things out of nothing.” (Romans 4:17)


That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18


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