The alarm went off at four o’clock on a Saturday morning last summer and surprisingly, I didn’t snooze it. We drank coffee, got ready, and half an hour later we loaded our camera gears on the car, and were on the road driving forty minutes east, to the beach. The sky was still dark but with a hint of navy, a glimpse of what was coming.
We arrived minutes before the the act. We propped the tripod under the camera, positioned it, and waited. We waited while the cold Atlantic winds, though it was summer, was forcing me to reach for my gloves.
The few minutes leading up to the sunrise were exciting. Having one eye on the majestic ocean beneath and one eye on the horizon, where the ocean met the sky that hid the sun and growing brighter by the second was a sight to behold.
And then the sun came out like someone had given it a nudge from under the ocean. A quarter of an inch on my viewfinder, then half an inch and finally the full circle, within a matter of a few seconds. The moment was absolutely priceless.
The sunbeams painted the skies in a dozen shades of chrome and gave the clouds a golden border. And I stood there, soaking it all in, as everything around me faded in comparison to that scene.
In them He has set a tabernacle for the sun,
Which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,…
Its rising is from one end of heaven,
And its circuit to the other end;
And there is nothing hidden from its heat. Psalm 19:4-6
David compares the rising of the sun to a bridegroom coming out of his chamber. It paints the picture of the beauty and the glorious colors associated with the sun that is so attractive to witness just like how a bridegroom would be adorned in all handsomeness for his big day.
Psalm 19 is a revelation of the Lord and quite importantly, the Creator God. “The heavens declare the glory of God; the firmament shows His handiwork,” (Verse 1).
The sunrise is just a fragment of God’s handiwork and yet the effect is immense. The beauty and radiance of the sun, shine forth the majesty and workmanship of its creator.
What is more wonderful is that God has sprinkled the abundance of his creation all over the universe, that no one can miss it. This is what theologians call the General Revelation.
Paul talks about in Romans 1: For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse. Romans 1:20
We don’t have any excuse, because His creation is clearly visible. Although it’s clearly visible, it takes faith to believe.
By faith, we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. (Hebrews 11:3).
Praise God for this faith. His works are manifest in us and we have every reason to shout it out to the whole world.
I don’t know if it’s the morning light or the ocean but everything about that sunrise was glorious and it orchestrated a sense of worship, of wonder and a sense of awe in me.
In the quietness of the morning, watching the sun come out and leave shades of glorious yellow rays in the sky, the waves lapping against the rocks, it was a majestic view, enabling my heart to surrender to the King, Creator of heaven and earth.
Every morning the sun rises without fail, at the command of its creator. Every morning, you have the opportunity to witness your wonder and faith collide. Will you experience that moment this summer?
Tips to Cath the Sunrise
- Pick a clear day.
- Check the local sunrise time and set an alarm accordingly. You snooze, you lose.
- Take warm clothes, as early morning temperatures could be a bit lower than usual.
- Take pictures, but try to enjoy the moment.