Bright pinks and purples blend together like watercolor paints on canvas across the heavens.
Light blue, like the bright ocean water, replaces the deep darkness of the night sky. Dawning a new day, the orange sun rises higher by the minute.
It glares through my window making shadows dance across my bedroom.
The light meets my eyes, alerting me that the day has begun. My blaring alarm soon follows, fully awakening me from my sleep.
I practically fall out of bed and drowsily stumble into the kitchen for a cup of coffee. I fight to stay awake for those few minutes between when I wake up and take that first sip of warm caffeine.
The sun shines brighter in my bedroom now. With coffee in hand, I open the blinds, jolting at the blinding light of the morning sun.
My eyes adjust after a moment, and I just stand there, sipping my coffee and admiring the sunrise.
Despite my ill feelings toward mornings, I love sunrises. Watching the world wake up for the day, while a cup of coffee helps me wake up for mine, brings me great joy.
But sunrises do not just bring me joy and pleasure because of their beauty, it is what their beauty reminds me of that draws this appreciation for the morning light out of me.
Sunrises remind me of the beauty, wonder, and imagination of God.
The Bible says that “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork,” (Psalm 19:1, ESV).
God’s creation reveals there is a Creator. But God didn’t just create a gray, lackluster world.
No, in fact, the opposite is true. A simple glance around you will show that God creates beautiful things.
Look at the changing leaves. Their red, orange, and yellow hues fill the world with color and beauty every autumn season.
Look at the people you love. Their inner and outer beauty reflects the beauty of their Creator because He created them after His own likeness (Genesis 1:27).
God is also a God of great wonder.
The Bible says that he made the heavens with great skill and understanding (Psalm 136:5). Where we would never know how to begin to create a sunrise, God does so with masterful skill each morning.
King David said that God does “great and wondrous things,” (Psalm 86:10, ESV). The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines wondrous as something “that is to be marveled at” or “extraordinary.”
God’s work in creation is to be marveled at. It is to leave us in awe of the wonderful Creator.
God also has an infinite imagination.
I often think about how as writers we create fictional worlds for our readers to enjoy. But even those fictional creatures and flora are different variations of things we see around us.
Everything is inspired by God’s creation. His imagination is too big for us to match.
This is not to say that we do not have an imagination of our own. In fact, being created in the image of God means that we share some of His attributes. One of which is the ability to use our imaginations to create.
C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien certainly used their imaginations in creating the fictional worlds of “The Chronicles of Narnia” and “The Lord of the Rings,” but the things they created were borrowed from the ultimate imagination of God.
Sunrises remind me of God’s imagination because each sunset is unique, painted for us each morning by the masterful hand of our Creator God.
Think about how many different sunrises there have been throughout history and how they look different all across the world. How endless is the imagination of our God!
So when I look at the sunrise, I am reminded of my Creator who paints the sky each morning for us to behold His beauty, wonder, and imagination.