A Painting in the Sky

20 Feb

I caught this amazing sunset last night.  The clouds were moving quickly so the colors were continually changing.  It was like a brilliant light show in the sky!

Tennessee Sunset

What was really amazing about this gorgeous display was that most of Sunday was rainy, cold, and dreary.  Then, after the rain had finished doing it’s work, the skies opened up to reveal a colorful design that only God could create.

My aunt is a talented artist and I think some of her paintings are the most beautiful I’ve ever seen.  I know a tremendous amount of thought, technique, talent, and creativity go into each of her paintings.  To see a natural, living, moving, in-real-life canvas like this was breathtaking, especially following such a grey day.

This sunset seemed to be a visual representation of the promises that, no matter how rotten or ugly some things may be, God will make all things new (Rev. 21:5) and that He works everything for the good of those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose (Rom. 8:28).

This morning’s sky was yucky – grey, dingy, cold, and with a steady rain.  I didn’t want to be out in it, much less stand there and admire it’s beauty – because there was no beauty to be seen.  Yet, within a few hours, the sky literally transformed into an artist’s canvas full of vibrant blues and hot pinks.  It was gorgeous and the picture does not do the actual sunset justice.

Cancer is that way.  It’s grey, ugly, depressing, and not something I want to dwell on or think about.  It’s hard to find the beauty in it at all.  Yet, God has helped me see the situation with fresh eyes.  He has painted a portrait of a life worth living, of a life filled with beauty and blessings.

I dare say the sunset would not have been as beautiful without the rain earlier in the day.  The same is true with my cancer diagnosis, for without it, I would not be experiencing some of the most wonderful blessings of my life, not the least of which is a desire for a deeper relationship with God, Himself.

I hope on this busy Monday that you will be able to see some of the blessings and gifts placed before you today.  They are there, just waiting to be discovered.  Have a beautiful day!
♥ Rachel


7 Responses to “A Painting in the Sky”

  1. Becky Robinson February 20, 2012 at 6:08 am #

    Beautiful picture!! It’s good to look around at all the beauty God has given us. Hope you have a wonderful day.


  2. Cancer Warrior February 20, 2012 at 11:05 am #

    Rachel, I always know your posts are a guaranteed pick-me-upper. Thank you for making my day better with the beauty of your words and your picture.
    Cancer Warrior

  3. Elizabeth Thomas February 20, 2012 at 1:30 pm #

    You should have that picture printed on canvas – as large as you can – and then see if you can donate for where you have your chemo treatments done. With the caveat that it must be hung where the chemo treatments are done. The beauty of that sky would make everyone smile. And if they won’t do it, then have the canvas for you – to remind yourself that it is always darkest before the dawn and His grace is there for you.

    Love you my dear.

    • rachturner February 20, 2012 at 9:22 pm #

      Elizabeth – Those are great ideas! Love you, too, sweet friend.

  4. Simply Tia February 21, 2012 at 8:00 am #

    This is beautiful!

    Have a wonderful day Rachel.

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