The other morning, I woke up and noticed the sky was sort of glowing. I thought this odd, since it was also drizzling rain. I put my face next to the window to get a better view of what was causing this strange lighting. Over a beautiful bright peach and orange glow was a full rainbow! I don’t remember ever seeing a rainbow in conjunction with a sunrise before. I was filled with awe.
Since we live in McMinnville, my husband and I get to drive to work and school every weekday. If it’s not overcast, we get to watch the sunrise for about 30 minutes on our way. The last two days especially, the sunrise has been a visual delight. Thursday the sun was sandwiched between cloud layers and like an eye between lids, it kept peeping out. Each time it did, it was a different shade of florescent gold, orange, yellow, or even pink. Meanwhile the wisps of fog here and there along the valley floor and cultivated hills were creating their own show. The fall colors were participating as well. Meanwhile, the clouds interspersed along the tops of the ridges were changing color with the sun and in relation to the other clouds. Occasionally shafts of light would beam down through fog patches to highlight some aspects of the hills and farmland. I know why they say a picture is worth a thousand words, but I also know that no camera could have ever caught the continually changing panorama we got to behold.
This morning, the sunrise was again, amazing. Another perfect picture of autumn colors in a still-green rural backdrop; add all varieties of sunrise rays and colors with little patches of small and medium mist pockets all the way to Newberg. How did we ever get so blessed to live in this little piece of heaven on earth?
Even while the people of this world (including me) are busy making good and bad choices each day, God continues to be faithfully God. He is there. Sunrises are symbolic to me of a fresh NEW start, each and every day. I love the scripture, “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the LORD rises upon you and his glory appears over you” (Isa. 60:1-2). What do sunrises and rivers have in common? Continual newness. I believe this is God’s favorite theme.