Thursday, October 23, 2008

The Sunrise

You would not believe the art displayed at this morning's sunrise. The sheer beauty of it stopped me in my tracks. I stopped running, stood silent and in awe. I don’t know how long I stood there, but after some time I became aware my mouth was hanging open in utter amazement at the craft of our amazing God. I now know why the morning stars sing and the angels shout for joy (Job 38:7).

Awed at the intensity of the amber sky, I could almost taste the sweetness of vermilion, the softness of shadows, the whispery edges of soft, fraying clouds stretched over the morning canvas. I wanted to paint it, show it, picture it so you could see it. As the sun rose, the clouds melted into long running streams. Smaller, darker clouds appeared in contrast to the primary blue sky, but they could only intensify the glory of this spectacular sunrise.

I had to go, but not for an appointment. I knew this art was for a moment only; by the time I walked home and looked back, it would be gone. God often makes beautiful, glorious things for short expressions of His brilliance, road signs for a hectic life that He is worthy of our praise, attention, love and worship. As I walked into my house, I looked back to the east. Sure enough, the sunrise had faded into the luminance of the day. Such was the way my morning began.

How often we miss Him. We pass Him on the street, we miss His might and power in small moments. We need only look beyond the obvious, and there we find the DNA of His genius, the power of His glory. According to Job 26:14, “these are but the outer fringe of his works; how faint the whisper we hear of him! Who then can understand the thunder of his power?” Imagine what He can do with a life canvas surrendered to Him. Imagine His greater works.

You are such a work of art of the Master. Stand in that thought and do not reject it. He’s the painter, you’re the canvas, and His glory is seen in you.

I stand in awe of the beauty He has created and recreated in you.

Ed Litton

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Good Afternoon Pastor Ed and thanks for the sunrise.In Gen.1:31 then God saw everything that he had made and indeed it was very good.Thanks for sharing the God given wisdom and ability to communicate. I know that Moses looks down from heaven and says "Man if I'd been given the ability that you blessed Ed with, I wouldn't have needed Aaron.
Like you I find myself in awe of God. Keep on running!! This race is worth it.

Chris Thomason said...

Thanks my friend for the encouragement and the reminder! I don't want to miss the moment in me or in others.

You truly are a sunrise in the way you reflect God's work!

Chris

Anonymous said...

It must have been an incredible sight to behold. The glorious work of the Lord so early, reminding us He doesn't sleep.
He was painting that in the wee hours just for you.
How mindful He is of us.
Beauty is so much more than just vain outer skins; if we spent the time presenting ourselves pleasant in the sight of God as we do for men, you are right..what an amazing canvas He would have to create an exceptional work.
ANd when u really think about it who wants the ordinary? I want the intensity of the amber sky, the sweet taste of vermilin, the softness of shadow....for that is where God is!

bob & linda said...

I love pictures of sunrises & sunsets and clouds...I posted your sunrise picture on my facebook album intilted Clouds...also invited others to read your inspirational blog...I also invited a friend of ours who woke up last week and found his wife had past away in her sleep...God is using your story, Ed. Thank YOU for sharing your heart with all of us!
Bob & Linda/FBCW