Posts Tagged ‘sunset’

What is it about a sunset?  Why do we gaze expectantly at sunsets?  There are two really  interesting things about sunsets, they are always spectacular and they are always different.  There is a sense of wonder and awe when we look into a sunset.  We never really look at a sunset – we are often drawn in. Something or someone is calling us, reminding us that there must be more, so much more.  Is this just what we hope for and just cannot see?  Either way most people would agree that sunsets are a thing of awe, beauty and wonder.

When I admire the wonder of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in worship of the Creator ~ Mahatma Gandhi

I wonder then why we so quickly forget these moments of wonder and beauty?  Life has a way  of turning these sunsets into forgotten overcast memories.  As we grow up and grow old I think we can forget to wonder, look for wonder and experience it.

Perhaps wonder is God’s way of tapping us on the shoulder and getting our attention. Perhaps a sunset is God’s way of distracting us, and getting us to rediscover something – something buried and forgotten in the mists of life. Something important and critical.

Wonder demands questions of us. Questions like, What are you trying to teach me here?  What issues in my heart are you trying to raise through this?  What is it you want me to see?  What are you asking me to release and let go of?  Wonder asks us to respond.

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. ~ Ecclesiastes 3:11

Wonder can also be captured, reproduced and repackaged.  Just walk into your favourite store and someone will try to sell it back to you.  How many pictures of sunsets have you taken?  Not really the same as the real thing is it? There is no accountability in a photo of a sunset.

So what to do with wonder?  Lately I’ve been challenged to re-discover wonder and just be thankful for the things that I have.  Perhaps wonder just needs to be enjoyed in the present moment.  It may just be about being present in the wonder.  Hard to do, but important.  Next time you set the sun set – see it change colour, experience the wonder and notice what this does to you, for you.

This week may you rediscover wonder, be present, if only for a moment and let it speak to your soul. There may be something you need to hear, something you need to see.

Rediscovering wonder

May you rediscover wonder
In the sunset of your years
May you choose to cling to hope
In the twilight of your fears

May you rediscover wonder
In the worship you have sung
May it remind you of your creator
Like in the days when you were young

May you rediscover wonder
Let it heal the hurts you hold
May you also forgive yourself
Before you grow too old

May you rediscover wonder
Let it flood your aching soul
Will you let His love astound you?
Will you let Him make you whole?

May you rediscover wonder
May it release you from your fear
May you rediscover beauty
In the twilight of your years

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Early one morning, from the 11th floor of my office building, I watched the sun rise over the harbour. I noticed how slowly and surely the light began to paint all the shadows of the landscape, from the valleys and into the hills. The darkness retreated silently as the brilliant light invaded the hills, valleys and the streets. The sun rose and blinded everything in its path. The sun set the clouds on fire in a swirl of red and orange, and everything reflected and basked in its glory.

C.S Lewis once said, “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else”. What a great way to see how the sun restores our world each day.

I work in an open plan office and have moved desks a few times in the last five years, to make way for more staff, and more progress. I feel a sense of comfort in knowing where my desk is and knowing that it will be in the same place each day. When I move I take some time to adjust. Soon we will be moving again. When I looked at the new floor plan I noticed that our team will be moving back to the North side of the building to a place where we had come from about 12 months ago. To the place where I took this photo.

I laughed at the irony of coming full circle. As soon as the thought came to me, another thought replaced it – fully restored. This was not my thought, it was placed in my head.

Change, even as trivial as moving desks, can be a great metaphor for life. I believe that over the last 12 months God has brought me full circle and into a place of rest and restoration. From this place, the view seems different. Everything seems to reflect the glory of God, particularly the sunrises and sunsets.

God wants to supersize your dreams. He can do more than you can even ask or think!  ~ Joel Osteen

God wants to bring us all to this place. In this place God reveals Himself and His plans for us. To be fully restored is to be fully engaged with what God has in store for us. It is a place of determined dreams and vast visions. God can do so much more than we ever dream, imagine or ask. What an exciting place to be. Sure, life still goes on – the hills and the valleys. In the place of restoration, a hill is where we can see and dream, and a valley is where we can rest and drink. The valleys are the only places where the sustainable rivers flow. It is a journey and a destination all at the same time.

Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. ~ Psalm 51:12

So what about you my friend? Have you been to this place of rest and restoration? Are you searching, have you found what you’re looking for? Will you share your story of searching or finding here or somewhere this week? Your story may just give life, light and hope to someone travelling this road.

Fully Restored

Through the furnace flames
By the light of my sword
I brought you home
Fully restored

Through the darkened room
I unlocked your door
I bring you here
Fully restored

Through your brokenness
Forgiven and flawed
I brought you here
Fully restored

Through all your days
By my accord
I’ll light you path
Fully restored

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What will heaven be like?  The Bible mentions heaven quite a bit, but is very short on the detail. Maybe one of the reasons for this is that it is just not possible to understand the full nature of heaven from a human perspective. Since heaven is where God is, it must contain more physical and temporal dimensions than those that exist on earth. We cannot see or even imagine, what these extra dimensions might be like.  Recently String Theorists (a special breed of Physicists) believe that they may have discovered be up to 11 dimensions, some of which we can’t see or even experience. 

Sometimes  I think I’ve caught a glimpses of these dimensions.  How?  I’m not sure, maybe in connections with others, maybe in those experiences that I know just can’t be coincidental.  Those times when I know I can see something, but have not seen it.  I hear something, but can’t quite make it out. Sometimes I  just know that I have had an encounter with God but am unable to explain what it was to someone else.  Sound familiar? 

I believe that God wants us to show us glimpses of himself and heaven to remind us that we are spiritual beings, to remind us that he gives us hope,  to remind us that he made us in his own image, and to remind us that one day will be with him in heaven.

Eyes To See 
Let me show you something
As I paint my sunset in the sky
Do you have eyes to see
Have you stopped to wonder why

Let me show you something
Through the thunder and rain
Do you have ears to hear it
Have you heard me call your name

Let me show you something
As I shift your world today
Notice how space departs from time
As I create a brand new way

Let me show you something
As I speak light into your soul
Do you feel me beat your heart
Do you want to be made whole

Open the eyes of your heart
Align your soul to me
Let me transform your mind
Then you will have eyes to see

However, as it is written:
What no eye has seen, 
what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived 
the things God has prepared for those who love him
~ 1 Corinthians 2:9 (NIV)

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