Autumn Skies

Sometimes when I look at the sky I am astonished by the otherworldliness of its beauty. No wonder the great painters through history have imagined it as the heavenly realm! The fact that it changes so quickly, can go from a sheer, dull bank of moist grey to this:

Evening view

~ View from our bedroom window ~

is amazing.

When I look at the sky, which you have made,
    at the moon and the stars, which you set in their places—
what are human beings, that you think of them;
    mere mortals, that you care for them?

Yet you made them inferior only to yourself…

Psalm 8:3-5 (GNT)

I know many people think the beauty and wonder of the world and the processes of life can’t be argued to ‘prove’ God on an intellectual level (I personally would disagree, although I haven’t figured out how to express this coherently yet) but when I look at the natural world I see God at work. And His work is exquisite.

4 thoughts on “Autumn Skies

  1. i agree. As to the desire of artists to capture the world’s beauty: I’ve looked at the sunset through the frames of a barren tree’s limbs and imagined that the view was the inspiration for stained glass windows. Some glassmaker was out strolling one evening, saw the dark limbs outlining the multi-colored sky, and imagined trying to create a picture from pieces of colored glass. I’ve even added more imaginative aspects to my imagined story. He was out on a walk with his pregnant wife (hence the slow, meditative pace of their feet), pondering how he’d experimented with coloring the glass earlier that day. Later, after their child is born (and not sleeping at night!), he escapes the infant’s cries by walking and remembering what he’d seen before. He’s inspired, both by his wife’s new motherhood and the twilight, and designs a stained glass window depicting the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus. (Of course, I have NO idea when stained glass was invented! But I still like my story. 🙂 )

  2. We’ve had skies like that here recently, too. So calming and inspiring and such a reminder of His Splendor. Some aspects of nature remind me of his wrath (thunder and lightning) while others remind me of his gentleness (the butterfly). Others remind me of the expanse of his intellect. And the skies…they remind me of his artistry. Have a blessed weekend!

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