Sunrises and Sunsets

I really love this time of year. I love the change from summer to fall. Really, I just love it. I always have.

Grant and I were in Yuma last year, and there was no fall, so I feel like I am enjoying it anew this year.

I went for a run this morning. I didn’t want to get out of bed to go, but after a long debate with the alarm clock, I got up and got out. As I stepped out on the screen porch, I was immediately greeted by the cool, fall air, and I was so glad I got up.
It was still kind of dreary as I ran down our street; but when I turned the corner, I saw the sun rising over the water. The sun lit up everything, and I immediately felt warmer. And then, in the marsh grass, I saw a deer walking towards me.
I stopped running and stood still to watch her. Her hide matched the marsh grass perfectly and I was surprised that I had spotted her. She continued to walk in my direction through the mud and reeds.
I stared at her, the marsh, and the sun, trying to take in the beauty of the morning.
Suddenly, I saw her look up, stop still, and stare at me. I was caught.
I heard runners coming up behind me and I knew it was time to get going.
As I reached the dock in our neighborhood and starting stretching, I began to think about Grant’s lesson from this past week in Sunday School.
Grant talked about how our knowledge of certain subjects is able to grow based on how well we diligently study.
For example, you can learn as much or as little about Algebra based on how well you apply yourself (and your mental capacity, I suppose). Yes, it may be complicated, but the extent on how well you know Algebra is based on your own study of it, and nothing else.
But with God, it’s much different. We are only able to know God by what He has chosen to reveal to us about Himself. As we open and read Scripture, God shows us who He is. Through His Word, He opens up His heart to us, and as we apply our minds to what He has revealed, our knowledge of Him grows deeper.
One of the ways God has revealed Himself to us is through creation. And because God has given us His Word, we are able to interpret and understand the world He created.

Grant talked about how sunrises and sunsets display God’s glory and His character. If I am seeing God behind every sunrise and sunset, my joy in these things is only going to increase over time. I am not finding my satisfaction in the sunrise alone, the sunrise is only the means to enjoying God.
As my understanding and love of God grows, so should my joy in sunrises and sunsets.
I thought about this on my run because as a little girl I always loved this time of year.
But too often, important things that we love as children get overlooked as we become adults. They just aren’t as interesting to us anymore.
But this shouldn’t be true for Christians. Each year our love for God should grow, and so should our enjoyment of the world He created.
We should love the change in the weather, the sunrises, and the sunsets, because our love for the God who made them has grown since the year before.
So, as I made my way back home, I thanked God for being the Creator of the morning, the sunrise, the marsh grass, and my deer friend.
And I hope that on my next run, I’ll enjoy it even more.
Psalm 65:8-13
Praise is due to you, O God . . .
those who dwell at the ends of the earth are in awe at your signs.
You make the going out of the morning and the evening to shout for joy.

You visit the earth and water it;
you greatly enrich it;
the river of God is full of water;
you provide their grain,
for so you have prepared it.
You water its furrows abundantly,
settling its ridges,
softening it with
showers,
and blessing its growth.
You crown the year with your bounty;
your wagon tracks overflow with abundance.
The pastures of the wilderness overflow,
the hills
gird themselves with joy,
the meadows clothe themselves with flocks,
the valleys deck themselves with grain,
they shout and sing together for joy.

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