as the sun was rising, I took an early morning walk—something I should
do every day but rarely do because I forget, am too lazy, or can always
think of something better to do.
As I headed up our country road
to the west, I marveled at the clouds. They took up the entire vista,
swirled in white and blue like cotton candy. I couldn’t take my eyes
off of them, they drew me upward—totally. Both my sight and my soul.
My thoughts turned to God and
how amazing He is to create a unique sunrise every morning. I also
grieved the sunrises I’d missed. God had done His part. I had been the
absent one. It was my loss.
I reached the point where I
usually turn around, and when I did so, I gasped.
There was more!
The cloud display to the east
made the show I’d seen in the west seem like a mere overture to the
The clouds that demanded my
attention formed a jagged strand across the blue sky. They weren’t as
dramatic as the huge cloud picture I’d seen to the west. But what made
these few clouds extraordinary was that they were back-lit with
sunlight. A brilliant pink glow embellished their edges.
Yet upon further study, I found
that the source of the light, the sun, was still hidden behind a bank
of low-lying clouds and the stand of woods that cut a swath across my
The glowing clouds gained their
beauty, their distinction, their significance from an unseen source.
had to laugh aloud. For once again God had unexpectedly shared some
truths with me. As we walk through this life, we need to remember to
turn around to get the full picture, for He is always there to show us more.
How many times are we content with the overture when God wants us to
enjoy the full symphony concert—including the grand finale!
And when we acknowledge with awe
that more, our amazing God—our unseen Source—will
give us the gift of beauty, distinction, and significance.
Ephesians 3:20–21 says it all:
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or
imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be
glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for
ever and ever! Amen.”