The LORD appeared of old to me, saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with lovingkindness, I have drawn you.” Jeremiah 31.3 (NKJV)
I’m sure you’ve all seen a beautiful sunset. The above drawing was based on a photo of one when the rays of the suns light just shone out. You know what I mean – when you can see the light reaching out across the sky. And the colours! As an artist and a painter, I am so often blown away by the colours God paints across the sky. And the idea that this is how the world was made; that all these different things come together and hold in place for those colours to be there. I find it quite insane sometimes! I can’t get enough of sunrises and sunsets. They remind me that my God is creative. And that I was created also to be creative.
There’s this old hymn that we’ve sung a few times at my church before lockdown which says:
‘There’s the wonder of sunset at evening, The wonder as sunrise I see; But the wonder of wonders that thrills my soul Is the wonder that God loves me.’
(A hymn written by George Beverly Shea.)
A sunset can be an incredible sight. The depth of the stars in space can be an unfathomable occurrence. The intricacies of a flower, it’s colours, and how it thrives can be an epic tale. But it is all such small things compared with seeing the incredible, unfathomable, intricate beauty and truth of God’s love for us.
God’s love doesn’t fade into night. God’s love can’t be travelled across, no matter if you could travel forever. God’s love doesn’t droop or wilt or die. It is the same today as it ever was, and whatever we see or don’t see around us, there is nothing that could take that away from us.