Now I have to declare that my views of nature and all of its beauty are very biased, yet I think it is the best bias that we humans can hold and it originated and was ingrained in my soul as a young boy. On those glorious summer mornings so many years ago, when I looked at the glory of an ocean sunrise, I thought about what the Creator of all things, including nature, was trying to tell me and my thinking came from the influence of my dear Aunt Sylvia, a very devout believer in God and His word. Also interesting is that the artist with a camera, Jim Feaster, who captured this picture, obviously thinks in a similar fashion as he stated in comments that it looked to him like a priest giving last rights to a dying soul. I certainly see in my mind from the picture a minister tending to a member of his flock as he faces death, but I also see something much deeper in the picture and this I know was because of my relationship with that dear aunt who is long gone. And what might that be?
Look at the picture very closely and notice that the clouds containing the images are very gray, what I would call a gray representing the pall of death awaiting the person awaiting death. But, above the two people talking together as death approaches, notice the golden light of the sky and clouds compared to the fiery red sunrise filtered by some cloudiness below. To me, the contrast represents Good (the golden sky) and Evil (the red sky below) and it's easy to recognize heaven and hell. The dying human is likely pondering what will happen to him after death. Will he see the Light of heaven or the Darkness of hell? And that will only be determined by whether or not he believes by faith in He who sacrificed His life for him and all of us. But also remember, the minister is praying and talking and encouraging him. If he is already a believer, he is likely being told he has nothing to fear. But, if he is not, he still has the deathbed chance to change his fate if he believes by faith truly in his heart before his last breath is breathed. It's a lesson for all of us, for it tells us of the love, grace and salvation we can receive if when we die on this earth, we believe in Him by faith. If not, well, I'll just let the inferno below the gray clouds express what it means to me.
What we do with our life and how we live it is important, but there is hope for all of us if, no matter who we've been and what we've done as long we make the commitment to our Savior while we are still on earth. That's what the beautiful picture tells me and I thank Jim for allowing me to use his beautiful picture to express these thoughts. A picture is, indeed, worth a thousand words and while I haven't used that many, I hope they might be useful to some of you. Have a blessed day.