by Elaine Helms
Far and wide they’ll come to a stop; they’ll stare in awe, in wonder. Dawn and dusk take turns calling, “Come and worship.” Psalm 65:8 MSG
After a break in school classes, teachers often give the assignment of writing about one’s favorite memories of that vacation. Where did you go? What did you see? How long was the line to get into your desired attraction? What was the highlight? Actually, as adults, we also often share with delight, our own experiences at places we have visited.
The more vacations we have enjoyed, the more I am convinced that no matter where we go, a big highlight is viewing either the sunrise or sunset from this or that point of view.
For example, one time we stopped in the mountains at a rest stop to take a break. Noticing the crowd gathering behind the building and finding seats on the hillside, we asked what was going on. “This is a perfect location to catch the sunset over the mountains! If you have never seen it you must stay.” Convinced, we found a vacant spot and waited for the show. We talked with others about how amazing the handiwork of our God is. The view is always different; but you know it will be good . . . and worth the wait. It definitely was!
Another time while at a conference, I eagerly agreed to meet up with an enthusiastic group to see the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean and worship God. It was worth losing some sleep not only to see the spectacular emerging of the big radiant ball, but also to worship its creator on the spot. Chills in the dark gave way to the warmth of the sun going up into the sky spreading ever brightening light. Although not naturally an early riser, I may try that again!
On one cruise, I wondered if there was concern of tipping the ship with so many on one side trying to find the perfect spot to see and photograph the sunset. Looking through our own and other people’s vacation photos, proves the point that God’s handiwork wins the prize in attracting onlookers taken in by the beauty. The photos may be from any part of the globe, but the shot of that landmark at sunrise or sunset has a glow no one can deny.
God provides these great opportunities to brag on Him and His creation – ongoing new images in the heavens declaring His glory. Think about being in an art gallery and seeing a work of art that draws you in. Most people want to know: who is the artist?
We know the Artist of sunrises and sunsets. So next time we are with a crowd waiting for a sunset; we can make sure other onlookers have a chance to meet the Artist Himself. The great thing is that the pure awe of the moment causes a natural and winsome exclamation of the glory of God in His handiwork.
As any artist enjoys seeing viewers of their work linger and study the piece, how our heavenly Father must smile when we stop and worship Him, the Creator of all that majesty and glory in the heavens – daily. Let’s get outside, and let the worship begin!
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About the author: With her passion for God, humor, vulnerability and spiritual strength, Elaine Helms encourages audiences and readers to draw closer to God and live the abundant life Jesus came to give His followers. Prayer Coordinator for the Southern Baptist Convention for 10 years and for My Hope America with Billy Graham for two years, Elaine has 30 years of experience in church, national, and interdenominational prayer leadership. www.ChurchPrayerMinistries.org or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Join the conversation: When is the last time you stopped for a few minutes to enjoy God’s sunrise or sunset show?