I have a thing for sunsets.
Sometimes you’d think I’d never seen one before. I almost drove off the highway last night trying to watch the most amazing one unfold out in the sky to the west. South Florida is flat. Very flat. But the great thing about that is being able to see from horizon to horizon, especially at sunset. And the sunset last evening took my breath away.
Exceptionally bright rays of gold and pink were exploding out from behind a huge dark thunderhead cloud, while on the complete other side of the horizon to the east, towers of puffy white clouds over the ocean had picked up on the colors in the west, reflecting them back. And there I was in the middle, trying to stay on the road while watching the sky fight back against the coming darkness of night.
Amazing. And all I could think about were the words to the hymn “How Great Thou Art”.
“O Lord, my God, when I in awesome wonder, consider all the worlds Thy hands have made.”
Maybe I need to be awed more often.
Not just by sunsets and sunrises that leave me speechless, but by seeing God in every aspect of my days and my life. I should be in awesome wonder that God wakes me up each morning for another day of walking with Him. I should be in awesome wonder that He knows me, loves me, speaks to me.
And maybe He gives us amazing sunsets and sunrises and thunderstorms and starry nights to remind us of that. They are only amazing because an awesome God made them that way.
I’m grateful for that sunset last night. Grateful for a moment of worship right there in my car, grateful for reminders that my God is awesome and amazing and loves to give me unexpected glimpses of His glory.
“Thy power throughout the universe displayed.”
The Mighty One, God the LORD, has spoken and called the earth from the rising of the sun to its going down. Psalm 50:1
I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty, and on Your wondrous works. Men shall speak of the might of Your awesome acts, and I will declare Your greatness. Psalm 145:5-6
You alone are the LORD;
You have made heaven,
The heaven of heavens, with all their host,
The earth and everything on it,
The seas and all that is in them,
And You preserve them all.
The host of heaven worships You. Nehemiah 9:6