I've just returned from a super relaxing holiday on the North Coast. It's been an extremely busy year so far and so it was great to take time out and chill for a week. We were staying in a lovely holiday cottage right at the water's edge, overlooking Portstewart Strand. I brought the camera along just in case as we had a prime view looking out to sea. Although this was a holiday, I still managed a few sunsets, as I literally was able to stand with the patio doors open and shoot as I pleased!
This shot was taken just a few feet away from our cottage. I had been reminded earlier that day of some amazing words from Psalm 19, which I think (for me anyway) sums up this image perfectly. These are from the Message translation.
1-2 God’s glory is on tour in the skies,
God-craft on exhibit across the horizon.
Madame Day holds classes every morning,
Professor Night lectures each evening.
3-4 Their words aren’t heard,
their voices aren’t recorded,
But their silence fills the earth:
unspoken truth is spoken everywhere.
4-5 God makes a huge dome
for the sun—a superdome!
The morning sun’s a new husband
leaping from his honeymoon bed,
The daybreaking sun an athlete
racing to the tape.
6 That’s how God’s Word vaults across the skies
from sunrise to sunset,
Melting ice, scorching deserts,
warming hearts to faith.
7-9 The revelation of God is whole
and pulls our lives together.
The signposts of God are clear
and point out the right road.
The life-maps of God are right,
showing the way to joy.
The directions of God are plain
and easy on the eyes.
God’s reputation is twenty-four-carat gold,
with a lifetime guarantee.
The decisions of God are accurate
down to the nth degree.
I guess in many ways, for me, this is what I aim to 'capture' with my landscapes. 'God's glory on tour in the skies' sums it up quite nicely for me. One of my favourite authors, John Eldredge, quotes St Irenaeous in his book, Waking The Dead:
"The glory of God is man fully alive."
This kinda stuff makes me come alive. What about you?