No Contest

So I plop to my knees in front of my living room window to pray. I’m in a sleepy state (nothing new.) My head is down. My eyes are closed.

For some reason, I open my eyes and I’m literally shocked by what I see. I jump up to grab my phone. I have to capture this. Right outside my window, like it was placed there just for me, is the most spectacular sunrise I have ever seen (except perhaps for the one I saw over Lake Galilee.)

I don’t live on a lake. I don’t live on a hillside. I don’t live in the country. I live in a little cul-de-sac in the city of Grand Rapids. When I look out of my window I see houses, and concrete. But that doesn’t stop an artist at work. The canvas being painted outside my window wakes me up, and I shout to my husband, and interrupt his prayer time too.

David, you’ve just got to see this.

And maybe it’s because I’m not a morning person, and maybe it’s because I haven’t seen that many sunrises, that I’m completely overtaken by the sheer beauty of the reds and pinks and purples and yellows, as they dance behind a silhouette of bare winter trees.

I take picture, after picture, after picture. And five minutes later, it’s gone.

When I look at my phone, I see my Christmas tree reflected in the glass.

And I hear God whisper,

You light your Christmas tree? Look how I light the morning sky.

No contest.




5 thoughts on “No Contest

  1. Natalie

    So true…So powerful,

    You light your Christmas tree? Look how I light the morning sky.

    To little ole me, I love how you see things, see the beauty in everything. You’re very much like me whenever I see something beautiful I have to take a photo of it or call Steven over for him to witness it too. Your home is beautiful and you’ve just reminded me of the Christmas we celebrated there, remember my sock was the only black one. hehe.

  2. Susie supanich

    Isn’t that the truth??!!!?? One of my paintings is named “God’s Christmas Lights” because of the same gorgeous light reflected on the snow on a Christmas tree in my backyard!


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