Monday, February 07, 2005

Mentone at dusk

"The Mighty One, God the LORD, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting. Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth." Isaiah 50:1-2

Saturday evening at sunset I was sitting in an SUV atop Lookout Mountain. My camp friends, Mia and Jennifer, and I had just finished a nice winter hike in the woods along the Little River and made it back to the car just in time to zoom to the Brow before the sun disappeared.

Swatches of pink, purple, and crimson surrounded the fireball as it slowly sunk below the horizon. Clouds tipped with gold trailed behind the sun like royal messengers following in the train of their king. As I sat pondering the beauty and majesty of Creation, I thought too of redemption. Even that majestic sunset we witnessed is still waiting to be redeemed. It, too, is groaning and crying for the day when the Lord of Earth and Heaven will come to make all things new. Even those glimpses of beauty we see now on earth will be transformed. On that day, we will be able to see glorified sunsets.

"Blessed be the name of the LORD from this time forth and forevermore! From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the LORD is to be praised! The LORD is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens! Psalm 113:2-4

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