I woke up to the smell of bacon and eggs or pancakes and hot cereal or sometimes all of the above every morning. My mom would start to coax me out of bed with the words: "Arise and Shine for the Light Has come. It's time to get up." The smell of breakfast and the voice of my mother would win out and I would leave the comfort of my bed.
In Isaiah 60 we read: Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the Lord will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you. (Isaiah 60:1-2 NKJV)
Arise! Shine! was the call to the captives in Babylon; God was calling them to come and to raise up the city out of the ashes. They and their city would reflect the light of the Lord as He shines down on them. Only a remnant returned from Babylon because they didn't want to leave the comforts of Babylon for the city that needed rebuilding. They found enough comfort in their captivity that freedom was not attractive to them. I think it possible that many have become so comfortable with their bondage in sin that freedom from that sin is not attractive, in fact the thought of leaving sin is what keeps them from the Lord.
But there are a few who recognize the voice of the Lord when He calls and the aroma of freedom rouses them from their comforts: to be set free, to be saved, to be built and to reflect the Light of the Lord as He shines on them. Are you one of those? Can you hear the Lord calling you? Arise! Shine! For your light has come.