I couldn’t sleep last night. At all. I gave up trying around 4:00 am this morning. I spent some time in prayer and in the Word and then in our tiny back yard with my camera. I caught a few final glimpses of the sunrise.
It wasn’t a particularly beautiful sunrise. It was too cloudy and not even the right kind of clouds to take the kind of pictures I was hoping for – especially since these days I’m so rarely awake to see the sun rise. But it was pink. And just as I was finally figuring out the right settings on my camera to capture the colors well – it was gone and I was disappointed. All the pink had faded away and I had little to show for my efforts.
I’ve been meditating on the glory and attributes of God revealed in creation for Project 365. I asked the Lord what He’d revealed to me in the sunset this morning. He directed me to Isaiah and a Fernando Ortega song came to mind.
“Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” – Isaiah 55:6-9
“All flesh is grass, and all its beauty is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades when the breath of the Lord blows on it; surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.” – Isaiah 40:6b-8
My time here is as fleeting as the grass, flowers, sunrises, and the glory of man. Lord, let me spend it wisely – seeking to know and follow hard after You.