It is the creative handiwork of the Lord, written in the skies above...
Beauty that can be found amidst the difficulties of life...
The treacherous, ice covered road beckoned to me. I left the dogs home, and walked a short distance down the road, stepping carefully.
The sunrise that morning, after all the storms we had received, was calling me, and I wanted to step into its beauty, and soak up its loveliness.
The snow plow had been out earlier than I, and had kindly dropped sand in front of driveways. As the sun grasped the horizon, it was just the turkeys and I out on the icy road.
The quiet and stillness of the morning spoke once again, of the great love story written in the skies.
Even as the sun parted the darkness, and the clouds rejoiced, my soul worshiped the Lord with them.
Do you ever stop and just wonder at the love of our Creator? Oh, how His gentle masterpieces around us speak great love and wonder into our hearts! Life seems to always bring the little inconveniences, such as ice storm that we had, but then, the Lord in His mercy and love, brought joy to my morning with the glorious sunrise announcing the end of the storm, and the arrival of warm sunshine to the crisp misty air.
The light and love in this glorious sunrise flooded my soul with great depths of joy. After the storms had passed... the glorious light broke through with gentle brilliance... reminding me again... the love story that never ceases to be written from the Lord's magnificent brilliant sunrise, right into my heart.
And by afternoon, much of the ice layer had softened by the warm rays of the sun. Such is the way the Lord works... He may not take the storm out of our path, but He allows beauty, and great joy to come out of its midst. His love story to us, is joy in the midst of sorrow, peace in the midst of the storm, and yes, a glorious sunrise after the passing of an ice storm.
Oh the love of the Lord, so rich and pure.... this beautiful scene reminds me of this eloquent passage of scripture penned by the disciple John about the Love of God:
1 John 4
7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God;
and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us,
and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
12 No man hath seen God at any time.
If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.
13 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.
14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.
15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.
16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us.
God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.
18 There is no fear in love;
but perfect love casteth out fear:
because fear hath torment.
He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
19 We love him, because he first loved us.
I do. I love HIM. He loved me first, and for that I will ever be grateful. And when I see his handiwork in the skies and world around me, my heart worships the One who loved me enough, not just to die and resurrect in newness of life for me, but that He lives within me, and He creates these masterpieces in the world around me for my soul to rejoice in.
Yes, yes indeed my God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
Two thousand years ago His love was written in red on a tree, but today, His love is written in red in the skies around me, and again, I know... my God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him! 1 John 4:16