Reds, oranges, and yellows slowly fill the sky as the sun begins to break forth over the horizon. At the end of the day, the occasional purple or blue may mix with the reds, oranges, and yellows as God says ‘good night’ and brings rest to the earth. The beauty, power, and majesty we find in sunrises and sunsets is spoken in every language in every place on earth. “Their voice goes out into all the earth”, declares the psalmist.
As a Youth growing up in Connecticut, I can remember going out early to a rural turkey farm early on Easter morning. We would arrive when it was still dark. It was always cold. As we waited in only the calm sounds of nature, one could sense God was near. Slowly the sun would creep up and begin to warm our silent faces, simply watching God’s handiwork unfold. Once the sun was risen, we would join in song, prayer, and the Word for our Easter sunrise service. The sunrise was always like God’s welcoming presence coming amongst us.
We were very intentional about awaiting God’s entrance and His presence on those mornings. Sometimes life can just become so busy that opportunities like this are gobbled up. We can work and work and work and become so consumed that we miss the beauty of God’s voice calling out to us as it echoes through nature. We miss those still moments where God is trying to consume us with His power and beauty and majesty so that He can refresh and renew our spirits and our souls. It is a shame we so often miss it.
“The heavens declare the glory of God” reminds the psalmist. May we more often make the time to experience the things of God. Let it begin today.
Scripture reference: Psalm 19: 1-6