The sun was going down, and I was driving to a new location to take pictures of the sunset. I was excited, because I thought it was going to be a great one!
Well, once again I proved to myself that I’m a rotten judge of how good a sunrise or sunset is going to be. Despite having spent hundreds of hours in God’s great out-of-doors waiting and taking photos of sunrises and sunsets, I can’t tell by the sky that I can see how the colors are going to be in a while. Sometimes I’m right, but oftentimes not. A sky I think will be spectacular turns out to be rather dull in the next hour. Or a sky I think has no chance of being photo-worthy suddenly and dramatically becomes a symphony of colors. That happened a few nights ago. The sun was about to go down. I looked at the sky and decided to take the Interstate highway, as there appeared to be no chance of a colorful sunset. I was wrong! Suddenly the whole northern sky was lit up in beautiful, sculpted reds and pinks, with a hint of purples. But I couldn’t pull off anywhere to take photos of it, and by the time I got somewhere I could safely and legally stop, the glorious light show was over. It wasn’t the first time either.
It’s what I can’t see – the clouds over the horizon – that control the quality of the sunrise or sunset. Things I can’t possibly see and can’t possibly know affect the future dramatically.
As I was thinking about that, feeling somewhat disappointed at the sunset, this Scripture came to my mind.
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV
In my life I can’t “see over the horizon” to know what’s coming. But God knows the future. And since He does, and He has my best in His mind, I can trust Him. I didn’t say that very well, but meditate on Proverbs 3:5 awhile. 🙂
Most of my sunrise and sunset photo shoots end up like that. It becomes a time of meditation and fellowship with the I AM. 🙂
I have also learned that if the sky isn’t that great, if I open my eyes and look I can always find something to appreciate. Here are some flowers from yesterday, still happily colorful in September.
Also if I look close and have a large lens I can often find interesting shots. But this is the best my iPhone could do with the mist or fog or smoke in the distant draws and valleys.
Overall last night’s sunset wasn’t too bad, but it wasn’t nearly the great show I had been expecting. But as often happens, the main benefit to me was insight into the Word of God. That always makes the effort to capture a sunrise or sunset worthwhile!
Jesus is coming soon. Be ready!
32 “Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. 33 So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near—at the doors! 34 Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.”
Matthew 24:32-35 NKJV
34 “But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. 35 For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36 Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.”
Luke 21:34-36 NKJV