When you look up at the sky or at the leaves on a tree or at a sunset, what do you see? Despite how rocky 2020 was, I hope many were able to see the glorious color that our world has to offer in nature. For many people, myself included, nature and everything you can see in it was a bright spot for 2020.
As spring sprung across the nation, the color of the sky seemed to be even more impressive, and it was like God was shining down on us letting us know that we were not alone, and he was watching over us. Sunsets seemed to become even more vibrant and the clouds seemed to always be in the perfect place at the end of the day to amplify the rays of the setting sun. As summer came, the color of the sky never faded, and the grass seemed a little greener as we spent more time in our own yards. If we did venture out into nature, many noticed just how colorful the world around us actually is and how many things there are to see. The vibrant colors that we saw carried over into fall. Over the past several years, we have had lackluster color across central Pennsylvania as the trees took much longer to change and then a quick transition to winter happened causing the leaves to fall. The vibrant show of colors this fall was just another reminder from God that he loves us and that he was surrounding us with his warm embrace. The magnificent colors stretched into winter as we saw over a foot of snow fall across the region. The way the snow enhanced the chilly landscape made for a very picturesque period in time. The way the snow hung on the trees was like God hanging on to us even in the most turbulent of times.
My hope for everyone is for you to continue to see the brilliant colors that our world has to offer and may these be a beacon of hope in uncertain and often dark times.
Ezekiel 1:28 states: “Like the bow in a cloud on a rainy day, such was the appearance of the splendor all around. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord.”
May the Lord’s rainbow continue to shine on you this year and for years to come. Amen.
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