I’m sure I’m not the only one who has seen something like what is captured in the attached pictures. But both scenes definitely caught my eye recently.
The first was taken right in front of the church. The few, bright red leaves really stand out in front of all the deep green leaves in the background. Seeing such a sight on September 3rd was a bit of a surprise, because the leaves turning color is a sign of Autumn and it seems too early for that!
The second picture was taken looking out into my backyard. Often when I try to capture a sunrise or a sunset the image doesn’t really do justice to what I saw with the naked eye, due to not having high end photography equipment. But this time around the camera on my phone did an admirable job, with the orange and yellow tinged clouds looking quite striking in the early morning sky.
On one hand both pictures are somewhat commonplace, nothing too out of the ordinary. On the other hand, though neither will win any artistic awards they still manage to convey, each in their own way, something of the breathtaking beauty and majesty of the world God has created.
The world God declared to be “good” at multiple points in the creative process (Gen 1:4, 10, 12, 18, 21, 25), before pronouncing the entire creation to be “very good.” (Gen 1: 31)
What we see in the world around us from one day to the next might appear to be simple, ordinary, commonplace a lot of the time. Maybe it is only on occasion that we encounter something that really catches our eye so we see it as more unique or particularly noteworthy.
May God give us eyes to see the world more often the way He does, recognizing it to be good – in fact, very good!
Yours in Christ,