He gently knelt upon the Earth and cupped the flame in His hand. Touching it gently to the kindling, He lit the furnace of the day.The flame expanded, bringing light to the edge of the world and warmed His creation.I probably risked life and limb to capture these photos this morning. I pulled to the side of an off-ramp for the first one and alongside a ramp (you know, that weird trash-gathering space between the slow lane and the merging entrance ramp) for the second one. While my mobile camera certainly does not do justice to the majesty of this morning's sky, let me tell you that it was nothing short of breathtaking. Both photos were taken around 6:30am; the sun was just coming over the tops of the hills. I wanted to catch one as I got on the highway near my house--the rim was tangerine, the hills and palm trees were black, and the Inland Empire valley was glittering like diamonds--but that certainly would have meant death; while I am known for taking photos on the run, it was too early and too busy to risk it. And as if that wasn't enough, I hadn't switched over to NPR for the morning ride and ended up playing this song three times in a row:
Isaiah 40: 29 - 31 He gives power to the faint and weary, and to him who has no might He increases strength (cause to multiply and making to abound). Even youths shall faint and be weary, and (selected) young men shall feebly stumble and fall exhausted; But those who wait for the Lord (expect, look for, hope in Him) shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up (close to God) as eagles (mount up to the sun); they shall run and not be weary, walk not faint or become tired.
Now that's how you start your day with thankfulness. Yay-yuh.