My husband and I go grocery-shopping very early in the morning so that we avoid crowds and try to stay healthy. The other day, as we were driving home from that chore, the sun was about to rise; the colors in the sky—intense reds and pinks against the shades of blue—were gorgeous! We beheld the work of the greatest Artist of all!
And so I am moved to think about some of the wonders of creation and say prayers of thanks and awe to the Creator!
Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the
light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called
the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. (Genesis 1:3-4a)
And God said, “Let there be a dome in the midst of the waters, and let it
separate the waters from the waters.” (Gen. 1:6)
God called the dome Sky. (Gen 1:8a )
I can’t imagine not being able to enjoy the sight of a beautiful sunrise if all we had was darkness. Sure, darkness can make it easier to sleep and, therefore, promote rest for the weary, but light is truly a gift from God. Night can be a time for recouping, rethinking, relaxing, and reviewing our day, perhaps freeing us from some distractions. Light can bring clarity, refreshment, truth, renewal, and hope.
We look to the sky not only for impressive colors and cloud formations but also as a place for birds to fly. In our busy world, the sky is where jet airplanes fly passengers all around the world, Lifestar helicopters help to bring aid to accident victims, and mail and goods are transported. The sky is where condensation and precipitation meet. The sky is where we look to enjoy celebratory fireworks on festive occasions.