The Transforming Power of Observing Dawn and Dusk
I often drove my kids to school when they were young. Through the years we developed particular rhythms, habits, and traditions. One tradition that remained throughout elementary, middle, and high school years was the quotation of this Scripture:
“From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the Lord is to be praised!”
Psalms 113:3 ESV
There are few things more beautiful and majestic than dawn and dusk. They happen every day, but we often take them for granted. We often plow through our daily and weekly schedules without pausing to take in the beauty of sunrise and sunset. Some of us seem to appreciate these breathtaking views only when we are on vacation or visiting some place away from our normal lives.
Perhaps today is a good day to pay attention to the world God created. Why not go outside and look beyond man’s creation to see that which is truly spectacular. Human structures and inventions are amazing (after all, we were created in God’s image), but God alone is Creator, and His work is matchless.
God’s handiwork restores wonder and awe to the soul. The mountains are His. The lush valleys were His idea. He scattered the stars and spun the planets. The aardvark and wildebeest? Brilliant! And He did it all with His voice. He spoke…and it was.
There was a moment, however, when God decided to use His hands as well as His voice. First, He spoke: “Let Us make man in Our image.” Then He formed man from the dust of the earth and breathed into him the breath (spirit) of life. No other creature bears God’s image, nor carries His breath. You are His masterpiece. More than creating you to love Him, He created you so He could love you.
Instead of seeing this Psalm as an emotionless instruction of your duty to praise all day, see it as a key to release the praise that’s already in you. In other words, just stop and look at God’s creation, and a song of praise will naturally flow.
When we stop admiring God’s creation we have a hard time seeing God Himself.
Photo: NASA Image by Astronaut Ron Garan