Have you ever noticed that flowers (and other plants) turn their faces/leaves toward the morning sun?
I had, of course, observed as houseplants lean themselves and their foliage toward the sunshine coming into their window. But it had never occurred to me to ask which way the same plants leaned when their source of nourishment is not limited in radius. I guess I figured they just pointed up, or maybe (in the Northern hemisphere) South, to get the maximum amount of sunshine per day.
But they all face east. When my unstaked tomato plants got too big for their own strength, as one they flopped over to the east. A field of sunflowers points itself to the east. Why is that? I guess it is because they starve during the nighttime, and when morning comes, they are desperate. They swing themselves sun-ward as soon as the light appears, and are satiated before it changes position, so they don’t move again.
Is this like what we do every Sunday? Apart from Christ, our whole lives are nighttime, and while we live in this world nighttime is never killed. So we worship facing East, with the sunshine streaming in through stained glass, because we’re desperate for light.
Or something like that. Life goes in cycles in such a fashion… I turn to God, am filled with joy, then become complacent and stop following His lead. Then night comes and terrifies me, makes me cry out to Him, and when I see Him I turn to him desperately again.
Maybe it will always be this way, until the realm of eternal day.