Dawn

“Dawn” is a daily event for most of us. Every day typically begins as things begin to become visible and that day’s new things begin to unfold.

One of those “dawn” moments is upon me of late. Being in the midst of a move of household from one state to another, from doing one thing (for many years) and transitioning to another, well, it’s challenging.

One of those things which often occurs with “dawn” is you get some perspective, i.e., you begin to be able to see. One of those dangers of doing the same thing many years is you can seem to miss the “dawn” and that look ahead. Moving makes it hit you in the face, and that’s not all bad!

Ahead seems to be a season of some new things, new opportunities, and new friendships, just to mention some. There even seems to be some new things with the photography which I so enjoy.

But, if you’ve lived a few years, you know that things often turn out differently than what “seems to be” before you. That’s not pessimism, just realism.

In the coming weeks and months, Lord willing, there will be some new images surfacing of new places and new things. It’s pretty exciting. Yet, there’s the “but what if” that slips into my thoughts.

Let me tell you what’s anchoring this “dawn” and will anchor every “dawn” ahead. It’s not a floating vision but a steadfast faith in a steadfast God whose amazing grace is certain to all whose faith rests in his Son, our Savior, Jesus. (Check John 3.16 for this anchor!)

I ran across some Scripture while teaching a series in the Psalms. Check out Psalm 57.7-11.

7 My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises! 8 Awake, my glory! Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn. 9 I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to You among the nations. 10 For Your lovingkindness is great to the heavens And Your truth to the clouds. 11 Be exalted above the heavens, O God; Let Your glory be above all the earth.

What a great reminder and anchor as that new day dawns! “Your lovingkindness is great to the heavens And Your truth to the clouds.”

Here’s a perspective for every season.

An English songwriter and poet, Frances Havergal, most famous for her hymn, “Take My Life and Let it Be,” was 36 when she put down her thoughts about the dawn of a New Year, thoughts that are good every day of any year! Interestingly, her life on this earth ended 7 years later at the age of 43. Here’s her perspective of the “dawn”:

Another Year Is Dawning

Another year is dawning,
Dear Master, let it be,
In working, or in waiting,
Another year with Thee.

Another year of mercies,
Of faithfulness and grace;
Another year of gladness
In the shining of Thy face.

Another year of progress,
Another year of praise,
Another year of proving
Thy presence all the days.

Another year of service,
Of witness of Thy love,
Another year of training
For holier work above.

Another year is dawning,
Dear Master, let it be
On earth, or else in heaven
Another year for Thee.

“Wondering” versus “Knowing”

A recent trip to southwest Colorado to try to catch some “aspen color” was all about “wondering”! Wondering if the timing was right! Wondering if the location was right!

Well, the timing wasn’t “right” even though the location was a great place to enjoy some mountain scenery. I’m guessing we were between a week and two weeks too early. That’s often the story of the landscape photographer’s life! So, with some “wandering” in the mountains a few, and that’s the instrumental word, places were found!

The early backlight among the aspen almost made some of the undergrowth glow!

Leaving Telluride we, still “wondering,” took some “off-road” driving and found one small patch of aspen near the top of the pass. It was slim picking in a place with such great potential.

A little more “wondering” about what the last light would be on Mt. Sneffels, a 14,000+ foot beauty, yielded a glow which made the wait worthwhile.

So, all this “wondering” got me to thinking. While there’s nothing wrong with some wondering in life, there are some things worth “knowing.” Foundational is the certainty of God’s Word, a Word which declares his love for us, so much so he sent Jesus to die for our sin so that we could have his new life through our faith in Jesus! Check out John 3.16 for this Word worth “knowing”!

The wisest man in history, name Solomon, said about God’s Word that “according to all that He spoke, not one word has failed of all His good word, which He promised”! 1Kings 8.56

Now, that’s worth “knowing” and building your life on, even if, as a photographer, you’re stuck “wondering” about the location, the timing, the conditions! Knowing God’s Word is a foundation which makes even Mt. Sneffels pale is something upon which we can build life!