Enjoying the View

Softly the evening came. 
The sun from the western horizon
Like a magician extended his golden wand o’er the landscape; Twinkling vapors arose; and sky and water and forest
Seemed all on fire at the touch, and melted and mingled together.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 

“Come here. I want to show you something.” 
I got his attention.
My husband willingly turned away from the computer, took my hand and let me lead him to another part of our home, the room with the best view.
“Look,” I said, pointing to the window.
I put my arm around him and he returned the gesture as we stood there gazing at the most stunning sunset.
“Isn’t it just so beautiful?”
“Yes, it is.”
He knows by now. I make a big deal out of these things. Because when you see something that takes your breath away, well, you just can’t help but praise the handiwork of the Master Artist who created it.
And that is what a sunset is to me.
It’s like God dipped his brush deep into the center of His creative heart, waved it across sky canvas and the result was this masterpiece we get to witness in the gallery of ordinary days.
And it comes at the end of each day.
A gift for the weary. 
After the business of living is done, just in case we missed it in all the other moments that came before, God reserves the most spectacular showing of love when we are most likely to notice it.
He gets our attention.
And when we are willing to follow Him, to let Him lead us away from the noise, we start to get the picture. That no matter what ugliness we may encounter in the course of an ordinary day, there is still beauty to be found. 

God wants to show us the wonder and the majesty of His power. He rejoices in watching us discover the passion and poetry of a sunset and He inhabits our praises when we do.And it’s here, in these not so ordinary moments that we feel the heartbeat of life itself.

When circumstances begin to dim the eyes of our faith, may we draw closer to our Creator and allow Him to reveal all the beauty we may be missing.

After all, He knows where to find
the best view in the house.


The Art of a Sunset

If you’re like me, you cannot help but be drawn to nature. As a child, there were many things in the wild outdoors that frightened me and, yet, so much more that enchanted me. Especially the kaleidoscope sky.

A palette of crystal blue mornings, sometimes filled with marshmallow white clouds, turned to a vibrant mix of yellow, orange and red as day slowly transitioned to night. Sunset. The Master Artist at work. Even now, I am awestruck at the sight. When I see a sunset, I am compelled to pause. To sigh. To let out a grateful whisper to God for allowing me to witness His creativity. His signature in the sky.

Special Note: I would like to thank my talented sister-in-law, Linda Moyer, for sharing her gift of photography through the photos in this post.