What do you experience when you witness a beautiful sunrise or sunset? For me it is as though God has loaded a large brush with multiple colors and, in one creative swish, He’s painted the sky for all to view, reminding us of his awesome presence! My husband and I usually applaud, as we would for anyone else who had just performed flawlessly.
Did you ever wonder what makes the colors of a sunset? I did a little research to find out the scientific answer to that question.
When the sun is directly overhead, the sunlight only has to go through a few miles of thick atmosphere. But when the sun is close to the horizon, at sunrise or sunset, the light travels a much longer distance through the atmosphere. This causes a thinning of the shorter wave lengths, the blue ones. (This is why the sky is blue at other times of the day.) The thinning of the blue wave lengths leaves only the longer wave lengths, like orange and red, to reach us. Note this: Having clouds in the sky, and a variety of other atmospheric effects, also contributes to the play of colors.
It’s interesting how that same principle applies to our particular situations and our perspective on life
When things are going smoothly in our lives, “blue skies,” if you will, it’s easy to have a good attitude, “a merry heart.” God’s in his heaven and all’s right with the world!. But just let a few of those clouds start rolling in, and let the barometric pressure of our lives start rising, and that merry heart starts to lose its fervor. Those clouds are different for every person. They might be things like bills piling up, a chronic health condition, a wayward child, an unbelieving spouse . . . Somehow, these things get a hold on us and rob us of our joy. Isn’t that true?
Not exactly. These clouds can rob us of nothing! We are the thieves. We rob ourselves of joy when we let them consume us. Let’s not forget the second half of the verse. We all agree that “A merry heart does good like medicine,” but “a broken spirit dries up the bones.” We make our situations and our health so much worse, and we rob ourselves of God’s best for us, when we forsake a “merry heart.”
Don’t you feel good after you’ve had a good laugh? A good guffaw? “A merry heart does good, like medicine.” God has not hidden Himself behind our clouds. He’s on the horizon! And when that blue sky fades into the background, look at what He does! “The thinning of the blue wavelengths leaves the longer wavelengths, like orange and red to reach us.” Aren’t they beautiful?
Remember, “having clouds in the sky and other atmospheric effects contributes to the play of colors.” We have no business letting the difficulties in our lives consume us, depress us, and minimize our fellowship with each other, and our service to him. Have you ever looked at the back side of a piece of hand embroidery? It’s usually a mixed up mess of colorful threads, and makes no sense to the observer. But turn it over, and you have a beautiful work of art. That’s what God wants to do with our lives. Our difficulties are being woven into a beautiful tapestry that we may not understand now, but one that will, one day, witness God’s glory and show His love, just like that sunset!
So lighten up. The road of life is long, and all those who travel it with Jesus will eventually arrive at the same destination. But He wants to drive. If we let him, we’ll be free to sit back, enjoy the view, and laugh a little along the way. And . . . we will arrive refreshed, having experienced His joy in the journey!
Enjoy the trip! It’s a great view from here!