Sunset In The East

My office window faces the east and so I see the sunrise and not the sunset, naturally. However, I am blessed for this building which, I have noticed recently, reflects the sunset. At first I didn’t think much of it. But then I started to admire it, especially the reflection from the glass windows of the building opposite mine. Some may say it is just a reflection of a sunset, so what? But as I thought about it some more over a few consecutive days when we had sunny days, I began to realise the significance of it. It is my blessing…yes it is.

Sunset across the garden
I get to enjoy a sunset...a blessing

Sometimes things in nature happen this way – they can be blessings or misery. I realised how blessed I am because I can enjoy the sunset in the west even though my window is facing east.

We don’t miss out on God’s beautiful handiwork – one way or another we get to experience it. I recognised and acknowledged my good fortune to be able to witness this wonder of God’s creation – a sunset in the east.

Moon Over Middlesex: The Wonder Of God’s Creation

I came back from a welcome service for the interim Minister for Queensbury Methodist Church on the evening of 6 September and a wonderful uplifting sermon on ‘new beginnings’. I was really on a high spiritually and was so grateful in my heart for the message. It was an awesome sermon and it really touched me. As I got out of the car in the driveway I looked up and what I saw just took my breath away.

"How great Thou art..."
"How great Thou art..."

I ran into the house and grabbed my camera to take pictures of the full moon over Middlesex, England. As I took shot after shot the words of this song came to me: “O Lord My God, I am amazed with wonder, when I see all the worlds Thy hands have made. I see the stars I hear the roaring thunder, Your power throughout the universe displayed….How great Thou art, How great Thou art’ .

Breathtakingly awesome!
Breathtakingly awesome!

I think this has had to be my best shot of the moon that evening. I felt the presence of God in these pictures and the thought of how insignificant the human being is in the face of God’s brilliance. These shots were taken outside my front yard. The camera is on a tripod inorder to steady it. The wonder of God’s creation can never be matched by Man but in our minds we can always try to re-create on the basis of how we feel and by what we feel in our hearts.

"O Lord my God, I am amazed with wonder..."
"O Lord my God, I am amazed with wonder..."
"...when I see all the worlds Your hands have made..."
"...when I see all the worlds Your hands have made..."
Did the camera capture what my eye saw?
Did the camera capture what my eye saw?

Sometimes the eye and the heart capture the moment simultaneously. I call that joy. A joyous feeling that takes in everything around you – whether there are other people, the ambience of a restaurant, the beauty of a garden, the sight of a new born baby, the vista that confronts your eyes when you are just about to land at the airstrip in your home province, the sight and smell of fresh bread or cake…fast forward…or looking up at the sky on a night like this!

These last two shots were taken on the top of a newly trimmed shrub in the yard to give the affect of the moon peering through the trees.

Simply awesome!
Simply awesome!

What an evening – a great sermon, great moonlight and great anticipation of new beginnings.

Just beautifull...
Just beautiful...