God Changes Our World to Focus Our Thoughts and Give Us Hope
My windows face west so I cannot see the horizon change as the day dawns. But God changes the world for us twice each day. At sunset, as well as at sunrise, the beauty is beyond words.
Late into sunset, the lacey black silhouettes of trees stand in sharp contrast to the rosey and flamed hues visible just above the horizon. Above that, those rosey hues merge into brighter hues of blue and then finally fade to deep indigo, as God puts this half of His earth to sleep, so the plants and animals – and His beloved human beings — may rest. The following link displays sunrisings and sunsettings, with reverential, worshipful music. Look at it and ponder God’s great love for you, as an individual. http://bit.ly/1OYcq4B
Gazing long at the western sky comforts me. It reminds me that God controls the entire universe, the unseen as well as the seen. The beauty of sunset also reminds me that the mighty One, the God of angel armies, is taking just as much care with my one little life as He is with keeping the planets in balance. What an unspeakable treasure to ponder! How can it possibly be? But, yet, I know it is true.
God Encourages Us Through the Beauty of Nature
The books of Catherine Marshall played a key role in leading me to Jesus. One of my favorites of her books was ” Christy”. (Here is a link to purchase a copy of the original 1967 book, which later became a television series. http://amzn.to/1Vyi5A2) In “Christy”, a man struggling with doubt is advised to arise while it is still dark and watch the sunrise, every day, until he hears from God.
It worked for him, and it has worked for me for decades – without fail, no matter the current challenges in my life. My heavenly Father’s comfort and peace never fail to calm my soul and soothe troubled emotions as I watch His mighty hand paint the sky. Being alone with God like that feels like a gentle hug from my big, strong earthly father, whose calming presence was one of the greatest blessings of my life.
Psalm 19, verse 1 in the Bible says “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.” (NIV)
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