Since we got our lakehouse almost 2 years ago I have become quite the sunrise watcher. I have taken 100s of pictures and video of beautiful sunrises. Don’t get me wrong the clouds can be so thick and dark you can hardly tell there is a sun behind them at times. Except that it does become daylight. Then the other end of the spectrum are sunrises that are clear and just peak over the trees on the other side of the lake. And the sun comes up to no particular burst of color. But then some days there are just enough clouds in the sky that reflect the sun into all sorts of pretty oranges, pinks, blues and purples. It can take my breath away. I love when I feel like God awakens me early enough to take it all in. I can sit in my rocking chair in my sun porch or on the deck in my Daddy’s rocker and I can talk to God and just sit in awe of the pictures he is creating. I especially like when I sit in Daddy’s rocker because I feel so much closer to him. I hash out the things on my mind with God and I drag all of my stuff, every bit of my baggage to the cross and lay them down at the cross. When I am watching those sunrises, I become even more grateful for my life, for my people. The ones I have still with me as well as the ones that I have loved and lost. God’s sovereignty just overwhelms me at these times. He paints that sky and he paints my life too.
The stuff that brings the dark clouds into my life as well as the times I am rocking along on a clear day. Oh Lord, give me enough. I actually pray for just enough clouds to make my life more beautiful. I have known dark days where I could hardly tell if it was daylight or dark except for the hands on the clock. And then I’ve known clear skies where things were good enough that I may forget or push aside my quiet time because life was good and my need didn’t beckon me to spend my time with Jesus. And then I’ve had times in my life that the clouds were just enough to beckon me to my time with Him. Times when I had this deep seeded need to spend time with Him because I had stuff or clouds to talk over. When I look back over my life I truly think these times in my life actually painted the best pictures. I know that if certain clouds had not covered me I would never have grown in my faith and my life the way I have. I know that if I had led a life with perfect sunrises every day. I would not know Him, the one who carries me through and counsels me and loves me quite the same way.
So today, I say thank you Lord for a few clouds that paint a beautiful life for me.
My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast! I will sing and make melody! Awake, my glory! Awake, O harp and lyre! I will awake the dawn! I will give thanks to you, O lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to you among the nations. For your steadfast love is great to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let your glory be over all the earth! Psalm 57:7-11