Friday, May 11, 2012

Crepuscular

I was praying and got this beautiful picture in my heart. 

There's something special about light breaking through clouds.  Those beams of light just seem to automatically inspire a sense of triumph, awe, glory...hope. 

Did you know that they have a fancy name?  They're called "crepuscular rays."  In fact, here's the definition:

Crepuscular rays ( /krɨˈpʌskjələr/; also known as God's rays), in atmospheric optics, are rays of sunlight that appear to radiate from a single point in the sky, specifically, where the sun is. These rays, which stream through gaps in clouds or between other objects, are columns of sunlit air separated by darker cloud-shadowed regions. The name comes from their frequent occurrences during crepuscular hours (those around dawn and dusk), when the contrasts between light and dark are the most obvious.

It's totally ok if you skimmed through that.  I just love how they are also known as "God's rays." Because that's usually what I think about:  God's presence breaking through.  An "ahhhh" moment (the kind that requires a triumphant soundtrack).  The rain stops, the clouds part, and....ta-da!  Something glorious.

Here was my thought:  My life is little more than vapor.  A bit of cloud.  And though I want to do so much, or be so much, maybe the best thing I can do is just get out of the way and let God's glory shine all the brighter through my brokenness.  To let the hope I have inside my heart spread like crepuscular rays into the world around me. Cutting through the rain, the despair, the darkness...and pointing right to where the Son is.

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"For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appears for a little time, and then vanishes away." James 4:14
"He must increase, but I must decrease." John 3:30

3 comments:

  1. I love the sky...ask my daughters...they think I take way too many pictures of it. When those "Crepuscular rays" break through I always think of them as God's rays! A little peek at what's to come!

    Good thoughts Regina!

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  2. I call these skies "God Light" (as in shining light, not lightweight!). They move me and make me feel closer to God more than almost anything else does (visually, at least). I always consider them a gift from Him and as I drive along, I wonder how many others are in awe also. And I learned a new word! Thanks, Bess

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