Solar musings

David writes,
“In them (the skies) He has set a tent for the sun,
which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,
and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.
Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
and its circuit to the end of them,
and there is nothing hidden from its heat.” Psalm 19

Two things.

One. Think on that metaphor about the bridegroom coming out. What joy and anticipation comes with that picture — and the strong man running with joy? I happen to enjoy running when I’m in decent shape, so I know what “running with joy” can feel like. Glorious to think of the earth rotating right on schedule so that sun peeks out with such jubilee each morning to light our days.

Two. This other phrase is so true and so profound.”Nothing is hidden from its heat”. Sure, we turn on the air conditioning, or close the blinds but what in this earth is not directly effected by the rays of the sun. On this star we rely for our food, our water cycle, to order our circadian rhythms, for (along with the atmosphere) the maintenance of the perfect climate to sustain life.

What else might that phrase mean? Can we hide from this light? Can we an we claim self-reliance in anyway? Is not everything we see and know on earth dependent on the perpetuation of this heat source? But who is responsible for such a brilliant life-giving star? Did not a omnipotent Creator speak it into existence? And with mere words. Let there be light. Does he not keep all things in order until the appointed day for their end? Can you hide from this truth as you hide from the light? Can you deny Him as you can deny the pervasive power of the sun’s heat?

Author: amyhrdonahue

Artist working in the beautiful VA.

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