The one thing I love about the ocean, is the sunrise and sunset. Being on the East Coast, unfortunately we only get to see sunrises over the water. And we all know that along with a sunrise, means waking up early... But boy, is it worth it.
My family and I go to the beach practically every summer, and I don't usually relax and sleep in everyday that week--I get up for the sunrise. This year I lucked out, waking up to three of the most perfect sunrises I could've asked for. And of course, I took pictures of it! The first day I went picture crazy, the second day I had a plan of what additional pictures I needed to be satisfied, then by the third day I actually sat and enjoyed it (also taking some side pictures...). The sun popped up out of the horizon right at 6:20 a.m., where I sat and watched as a new day was beginning.
It was beautiful. God created it all. Which amazed me that one person could come up with something so beautiful and crazy and complex. Steve Maraboli says, "I love that this sunrise does not define itself by last night's sunset." I've always seen sunrises as a fresh start. No matter what has happened in your past, that does not define who you are today. It is never too late to begin a fresh start. Do no let the issues of yesterday, define you today. Nothing and nobody can define you. Lamentations 3:23 says, "His mercy is new every morning." God forgives us for our wrongs, so that we can start fresh. With that, He hopes we will then go into the world and shine His light onto others, so they can see His mercy through us.
As I sat there watching the sun fully rise above the horizon, a song popped into my head. Beautiful Things by Gungor. The chorus of the song goes "You make beautiful things, you make beautiful things out of the dust. You make beautiful things, you make beautiful things out of us.", then in the background of the song, plays these lyrics "You make me new, You are making me new." All to be said, that as we watch the sunrise each morning, know that we don't have to live in our past mistakes or regrets. God didn't create us to be guilty and ashamed of who we are or what we've done. He created us to thrive and live our life to the fullest, proclaiming His name to the people around us.
He made beautiful things out of dust, like the sunrise and sunsets. He also created beautiful things out of us, so that we can live our lives in His image, reflecting His goodness. I may have lost a lot of sleep on vacation, but it was well worth it. Photographing God's creation is my favorite pass time.
Look around you.
Here's my blog!
I used to think Blogs were pointless, and nobody read them. That may still be the case! But I found reading people's blogs actually made an impact on me, so I wanted to do the same. I love photography, and a lot runs through my mind when I'm taking pictures, so I decided to share all my thoughts with you guys!