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I didn't see it coming.

Looking to the Skies - Photo Journal

The ultimate creative.
To be enthralled with the ever-changing skies, is not unusual around Florida, because we can see so much of it, from most any location. The state is so flat, and there’s just water almost everywhere you turn. Of course, when you’re on the water, there’s always the sky complementing the view.

What’s crazy is how we can be looking to the west (for us, that’s out to the ocean) and back the other way (behind us), a dark and very active storm is brewing up, and headed our way. So, if you’re not looking both ways, forward and back, you can be caught completely off guard - and quickly involved in a torrent of wind, rain and tumultuous activity. It feels as if it brews up to the heavens, and explodes out of nowhere.

Blue Highlights - Leslie Brown
Overshadowing the Sun - Leslie Brown

Living here, it’s a common saying… “give it a minute, and the weather will change.” And you’d think with such great vistas of the skies, we’d see it coming, but it can turn calm, or volatile on a dime. Needless to say, the radar app is consistently used on my phone - as it provides a great view of what’s brewing around us, that could sneak up, quickly. 

The view... of the sky.

One of the most enjoyable aspects of living on the coast is to always have a view of the sky - in large format. It’s nothing short of phenomenal, to see how the sky and cloud formations can be so dramatic, or soft and simple. In fact, the sky takes on a personality, and gives us reason to describe the mood for the moment depending on what’s going on in the vast platform of creativity above our heads. It’s curious how the weather, the sky and it’s components, can have influence over our general mood.

If the day begins dark, gloomy and ominous, it’s affect is felt as a restraint from opposite feelings of excitement, anticipation, and energy we feel from a bright, clear day full of sunshine. Yes, we can still get work done. However, the mood, the attitude, and the energy barometer are all different, to some degree, according to the mood of the heavens.

Changing Mood - Leslie Brown
Blue Lightning - Leslie Brown

I don’t intend to say that the weather is saying something to us. But the heavens — the sky, sun, moon, and stars of our universe do declare His glory, and to deny that is to deny Him as author and creator. But the actions of the heavens that we experience also speak to His attributes.

The sun is His light to our path that never leaves us, the wind reminds us of his abiding spirit directing us, the clouds that portray his grandeur and glory, the rain that refreshes as his joy refreshes our heart, the lightning that jolts us, as His word does our mind, the thunder that calls our attention as His presence beckons our soul.

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Are we listening to His handiwork?

The ultimate and sovereign creative pours His heart into us through this vision — and shares his voice

It’s not just what we see — but what we feel — as we hear his voice through his glory displayed. Interestingly, the one component of our surroundings that is always present, no matter where we are in the world, is a view of the heavens.

We may not see any water.
We may not see hills or mountains, or streams or green grass or sand — yet, if we are above land, or above water, we always, constantly see the sky. The only rare times when that’s not possible is when we are below ground, or deep in the water - but regardless of our location - anywhere we travel on earth, we see the sky… the heavens that surround our world.  

Massive Grandeur - Leslie Brown
Cloud Crown - Leslie Brown

And there is a voice that is clearly proclaiming and declaring His glory.

We listen, hopefully, and pay attention.

Acknowledging his glory in our lives is even greater than that of the heavens. For he created us in His own image, which is beyond what we can fully comprehend. He desires for us to see, hear, and know him, by His glory which is proclaimed to all through the heavens and the creation — yet, more importantly to know him through Christ, the Son, who gives us access to relationship with our Heavenly Father.

Daily connection can begin by looking at the sky and knowing His presence with us.

Still Water Sky - Leslie Brown

It does for me.
That’s why I love a view, that includes the sky.

Many live as if in a cave, windows drawn, and buildings preventing a skyward view. While they may not miss it, being cave-dwellers - I miss it for them. Because there is perspective there, when we view the heavens, and take in the magnitude it conveys — His magnitude.

Striking - Leslie Brown
Lavender Sky - Leslie Brown

"The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard. Their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them 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 19:1-6 

Heaven Fireworks - Leslie Brown

What does your sky look like today?

Until next time...