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Bigger Joys

This past weekend, on a creative whim, I decided to head to the beach to photograph the sunset.  I had noticed some gorgeous sunsets in a perfectly clear sky over the last few days and decided I needed to document at least one of them.

 

I hopped in my car and headed to the beach and noticed just how cloudy it was getting.  I walked down to the shore and saw this:

 

 

 

It was more dreary than I expected.  I thought the cloud cover would block any good light and the trip would be a bust.  But, I decided to stick around - just in case.

 

After a few minutes, I was struck by the beauty of the sun peaking through the pylons of Huntington Beach pier:

 

I was excited - and breathed a sigh of relief.  I grabbed a couple of interesting photos of this perfect alignment and was quite content.  

 

 

Then, I noticed a growing orange glow:

 

 

 

I was struck by the warmth of the glow and genuinely thought this was a nice sunset.  Thinking I had captured what I needed of the sunset, I turned my back and grabbed some random photos of lifeguard towers, strangers, seagulls, and the like.  

 

Then, I heard an audible gasp from someone in my vicinity.  When I turned around, I saw this:

 

 

I gasped myself. I realized then I was foolish for short changing God.  He was in charge of this sunset and He wanted to put on a spectacular show.  Just when I thought the colors couldn’t get more intense, I would see this:

 

 

 

And finally, this:

 

 

As I drove home, I couldn’t help but wonder - how many times in my life have I settled for the small joy God has for me, only to turn my back on the huge, vibrant, breathtaking joy God actually has in store?

 

Comments

Amen. Content with mudpies when offered a banquet. Desires too small. Says mr Cs lewis. I like this.

That's my town! Gorgeous pictures, truly a living example of Psalm 19--"The heavens declare the glory of God."

Good show, indeed. The Lewis quote also sprang to mind...I've enclosed it below:

Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires, not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.

Do you think some skeptics would believe God used Photoshop to create such a beautiful sunset?

Skeptics will believe anything as long as it fits in to their opinion. As for these photos, I can say that the only bit of editing that was done was to remove a speck on my lens that showed up in the images. No color balance was changed, the exposures were left as is, and I didn't even crop the things!

Such a beautiful sunset you got there. Wish sunsets like that exists on my place. - KSA Kosher

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