Look Up

I’ve always been fascinated by the sky. At night with the stars. During the day with clouds, the sun’s rays, and rainbows. Sunrises and sunsets are uniquely beautiful. It’s like an artist took a giant paintbrush and painted the sky like a canvas. Sunsets are my absolute favorite. I’ve been photographing them for years. Why? Because I love the reminder to slow down, reflect, and look up.

25. Look up.

Life gets crazy. Sometimes I need a gentle reminder to look up and remember Who created and sustains the universe.

“For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.” (‭‭Romans‬ ‭1:19-20‬ ‭ESV‬‬)

“For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” (‭‭Colossians‬ ‭1:16-17‬ ‭ESV‬‬)

Jesus is the greatest artist in the universe. He takes my eyes off simple, mundane, small things that I call problems and shifts my gaze to the horizon. He leaves His mark in the sky. I see His love even in an often overlooked sunset.

“He made the moon to mark the seasons; the sun knows its time for setting.” (‭‭Psalms‬ ‭104:19‬ ‭ESV‬‬)

I love the idea of watching the sunset and reflecting on the day’s events. It reminds me of God’s faithfulness. And it offers a sense of peace, rest, and hope for a new day.

“The sun rises, and the sun goes down, and hastens to the place where it rises.” (Ecclesiastes‬ ‭1:5‬ ‭ESV‬)

“Praise him, sun and moon, praise him, all you shining stars!” (Psalms‬ ‭148:3‬ ‭ESV‬)

“Yours is the day, yours also the night; you have established the heavenly lights and the sun.” (‭‭Psalms‬ ‭74:16‬ ‭ESV‬‬)

“From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the Lord is to be praised!” (‭‭Psalms‬ ‭113:3‬ ‭ESV‬‬)

The next time you see a gorgeous sunset, remember to thank the One who made the sun and established its path across the sky.

Look up.

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