One summer, years and years ago, I sat on the porch at my parents’ lake house and gazed at the sun as it set behind the mountains off in the distance. Family friends were visiting at the time, and we all sat and took in the beauty of the sunset, as streaks of cantaloupe orange, crimson, and coral pinks and purples stretched over the horizon. The sky was perfectly clear, the summer air filled with the far-off familiar smells of campfires and barbecues.
And then, the interruption.
“You know,” someone piped up. “All that color is just the result of pollution. Smog.” The man went on and on about the science behind the scattering of colors, and my mood deflated.
He ruined it.
Fast forward several years and I’m driving, the latest tracks on my favorite Pandora station piping through my car speakers. And this song comes on—one I had never heard—called “God Speaking” by Mandisa. As the lyrics flooded the small space, I thought back to that day on the porch.
The opening lyrics say:
Have you ever heard a love song
That set your spirit free?
Have you ever watched a sunrise
And felt you could not breathe?
What if it’s Him? What if it’s God speaking?
Psalm 19:1 says “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” Sure, perhaps pollution causes colors to stretch across the sky as the sun sets each night. But God controls science. God controls color. He sets the sun (Psalm 50:1). Nothing happens outside of His command. So what if those colors, those beautiful rays of sunshine, are one of several ways He’s trying to reach you? Communicate with you?
Romans 1:20 says, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”
Creation itself is a testament to the Creator. Nature is proof of God’s love. It’s “I love you” written in the sky.
Have you taken time to watch the sunset recently? Have you allowed God to speak to you through the beauty that surrounds you? Listen, watch, and be moved. He’s calling to you . . .