And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God call the light “day” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening and there was morning– the first day (Genesis 1:3-5).
Living on a farm, instead of living in the suburbs, has afforded me many blessings. One of the sweetest blessings of being in open country is to watch the sun rise and set from the comfort of my property. Our farmhouse is situated on the land so that the majority of the windows face east and west. Every morning I can watch the sun rise behind the barn and the sun set at the end of the driveway.
The sunrise is my favorite of the two events, truth be told. There is a freshness in the moments. The birds have been heralding daybreak for almost an hour. The dogs are barking their warning to all squirrels that they are on patrol. The whole day is before me, with promise and hope for what may come.
Yet, there are those who barely notice the sunrise, let alone the sunset. Instead, the morning is something a person curses, mutters about, or it triggers complaints because of the brightness of the sun while driving. Often, I will hear the comment that sunrises and sunsets are all the same.
But they are not. Every morning is new. Every sunrise, every sunset. They have subtle differences between yesterday and today and tomorrow. The pinks and blues God uses to paint the sky vary, even from minute to minute. The weather and the seasons also impact the hues. God, who is infinite, has infinite creativity as well.
For the past ten years I have been photographing sunrises and sunsets. I have watched how each day the sun’s rays quietly break through the darkness. The first light of day is almost indistinguishable and then as the moments continue, the light gains strength. Like a child stretching from a nap, the light reaches and touches places untouched during the night. “Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?”– the LORD’s declaration (Jeremiah 23:24).
(sunset from March 10, 2019)
In our busy world, the running to and fro, here and there, hearing God’s voice can become very difficult. Even a trained ear can miss it from time to time. I believe the sunrises and sunsets are a call to our souls. As we rise, we see that He is with us, as we rest, He is saying, “I will be with you.”
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky proclaims the work of His hands. Day after day they pour out speech; night after night they communicate knowledge. There is no speech; there are no words; their voice is not heard. Their message has gone out to all the earth, and their word to the ends of the world. In the heavens He has pitched a tent for the sun. . . It rises from one end of the heavens and circles to their other end; nothing is hidden from its heat (Psalm 19:1-4,6).
(Sunrise from March 11, 2019)
I do not know the schedules of everyone, whether a person is awake when the sun rises or sets, but I do know that God’s desire to reach us, to touch us where we need healing, to speak to us where we need wisdom, to listen to us when we need our Father’s ear. He longs for our attention and to let us know His love for us I believe this is one of the reasons we have two definite times in our day.
Best Beloved, God is calling to you. He created us for relationship. The very God who needs nothing to be complete, still desires a relationship with our finite, fallible selves. He is calling to us throughout the day, but most clearly in the morning and the evening. Will you answer His call to your soul today?