This morning, whilst taking in the wonder of a perfect vanilla-sky sunrise, I suddenly realised something…
My journey to work heads east, so that in the Autumn months, when it gets light later, I journey towards the sunrise. And in the evening, as the light fades, I am facing the most amazing, varied and sometimes blinding sunsets!
Knowing that the skies, actually the painter of skies, speaks to me through colours and light – God saw it fit to bless me morning and evening with a 30 minute, front-row seat.
Last night, when driving home, it was the calm skies after a pretty big storm and the sunset was spectacular. Not in the typical ‘sky on fire’ way but in a ‘sun playing peek-a-boo’ way. Hiding and then coquettishly sending light bursts from behind dark channels of cloud, giving those imposing clouds a golden halo and proving that no matter how things may appear the sun is always shining.
I know scientifically that the sun is a massive ball of raging chemical explosions. I know that it’s the earth’s atmosphere, weather and magnetic fields that cause the sky to be coloured in an infinite array of combinations. Somehow, the world tells me that it can take the ‘magic’ out of seeing a sky painting as it changes with each moment.
But show me one person who doesn’t take just a moment to gaze at the beauty of a colourful sunrise or dramatic sunset.
The ‘facts’ of science make the ‘mystery’ of the sky painter even more awe-inspiring, even more magical. Twin that with the knowledge of a creator that formed the rules of physics so that he could paint the sky each day – well, how amazing!?
I tried to take a photo last night, pulled the car over safely and the spectacle disappeared. I carried on driving and moments later when I was somewhere I couldn’t pull over, the spectacle came back and in my heart I heard this: ‘ This is just for you, just hold it in your heart,’ and my heart swelled with joy!
Only this morning to have to have it swell again as a new painting took shape before my eyes. And this morning, written clear as day in the sky was a love letter.