Updated: Nov 9, 2021
The gorgeous, glorious blends delivered through God’s sunrises and sunsets rival even the most cherished paintings of our favorite artist. The above image captured on my phone a few mornings ago doesn’t do the original picture it’s due justice and majesty. When I embarked upon my early walk, I marveled at the breathtaking creation and color combination designed by our Creator. I’ve chosen to call this picture, “God’s Paintbrush” via His sunrise.
Bright orange hues ascended above the treetops like an airplane heading upward to 30,000 feet high in the sky. The display of blue and orange colors accentuating the clouds reminded me of an artist holding his palette in his left hand as he mixed the colors before painting.
The color orange symbolizes glory and wisdom. Since I’ve been praying for more wisdom of late, I deem this was one way in which God is answering my prayers. It’s a treasure hunt to watch for signs in the heavens.
Blue represents the color of heaven. Light blue is symbolic of the human spirit. When we focus upon the color blue, it’s a reminder from Matthew 6:33, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
Sometimes in our flesh, we don’t want to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. The battle between the flesh and our spirit will continue as long as we live in our earthly bodies. (Galatians 5:16-26)
Viewing the striations of the orange and blue mix in this photo, it’s as if God is infusing the human spirit (light blue) with His glory and wisdom (orange).
In studying the image accompanying this week’s prophetic blog post, I’ve not been able to arrive at any conclusion. Do you see any pictures or images or how does this photo speak to you?
Studying cloud formations can be fun and spiritually insightful. I authored a recent blog post titled Supernatural Sights & Sounds wherein I posed the question of discerning pictures in the clouds.
Supernatural Sights & Sounds
Our great state is the recipient of majestic sunrises and sunsets which delight our eyes and souls. While this particular sunrise is more orange than red, this little ditty flitted through my mind,
“Red sky at night, sailors’ delight.
Red sky at morning, sailors take warning.”
The following is an abbreviated history regarding this saying.
“The rhyme is a rule of thumb used for weather forecasting during the past two millennia. It is based on the reddish glow of the morning or evening sky, caused by trapped particles scattering the blue light from the sun in a stable air mass.
“If the morning skies are of an orange-red glow, it signifies a high-pressure air mass with stable air-trapping particles, like dust, which scatters the sun’s blue light. This high pressure is moving towards the east, and a low-pressure system moves in from the west. Conversely, in order to see ‘red sky’ in the evening, high-pressure air mass from the west scatters the blue light in the atmospheric particles, leaving the orange-red glow. High-pressure air mass signifies stable weather, while low pressure signifies unstable weather.
“Because of different prevailing wind patterns around the globe, the traditional rhyme is generally not correct at lower latitudes of both hemispheres, where prevailing winds are from east to west. The rhyme is generally correct at middle latitudes where, due to the rotation of the Earth, prevailing winds travel west to east.”
Is your geographic region located at “middle latitudes which are a spatial region on Earth located between the latitudes 23°26’22” and 66°33’39” north, and 23°26’22” and 66°33’39” south? It’s the latitudes of the temperate zones or from about 30 to 60 degrees north or south of the equator.”
A Challenge From Scripture.
During His earthly ministry, Jesus had many naysayers, scoffers, and challengers. Chief among these were the Pharisees, Sadducees, and scribes. At Matthew 16:1-4, the Pharisees and Sadducees sought a sign from Jesus.
“Then the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and testing Him asked that He would show them a sign from heaven. He answered and said to them, ‘When it is evening you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red’; and in the morning, ‘It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times. A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.’ And He left them and departed.”
While this passage of scripture was poignantly directed at a specific audience during New Testament times, it’s incumbent upon us to readily discern the signs of the times in which we’re living as the landscape is dramatically changing daily on every front. We need Godly wisdom to navigate every sphere of our lives. I harken back to one of the prophetic symbolism for the color orange which is wisdom. If we lack wisdom in any area of our lives, God is patiently waiting for us to ask Him for it.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” (James 1:5-8)
The Correct Kind of Wisdom.
“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.” (James 3:13-18)
Prophetic Insights For Daily Living.
#1. Are you an artist in real life? If so, what’s your favorite medium such as oil painting, sketching, pen and ink drawing, etc.?
#2. Who is your favorite artist and why? My husband and I especially enjoy paintings of western landscapes. Fred Choate, a very talented local artist, painted the Idaho side of the Jarbidge Mountain Range. This painting showcases a herd of wild horses grazing on the top of a ridge overlooking a deep, volcanic rock crevice. Sagebrush is sprinkled throughout the landscape. The snow-capped mountain peaks form the perfect border and backdrop for this prized work. It’s one of those pictures you could sit and look at for hours as it speaks of the various elements of nature and creation at its finest and in its peaceful state.
#3. As we continue to yield to God, Jesus, and The Holy Spirit, our spiritual portraits are being painted by God’s paintbrush. What does yours look like? If you don’t quite know, pray and ask God to show you. I’m sure that He would be delighted to do so.
#4. Do you need help or wisdom discerning the signs of the times in which we are living? Time spent in prayer and reading God’s word are guaranteed assistance. Prophetic journaling is a wonderful exercise to accompany your quiet time with Jesus.
#5. If you’re not accustomed to viewing sunrises and sunsets, I would encourage you to start doing so. God created the heavens and the earth. He named each star if you can imagine that. (Isaiah 40:26) The sunrise, sunset, and myriads of skyscapes have been the inspiration for plenty of stories, songs, conversations, and paintings. Keep looking up, and prepare to be amazed!
“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” (Psalm 19:1 – NIV)
Sheila Eismann, Prophetic Seer, Blogger, Author & Teacher, publishes her weekly blog posts endeavoring to encourage others through God’s word. Her writings include teaching and instructions on how to apply prophetic insights for daily living.
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