Advent: December 18: Operation No More Tears

Isaiah 9, 11, 40, 50, 53, 55, 60

If you are up early enough to view a sunrise, you will most definitely take a moment and appreciate the beauty of it. But how is it that the sky changes colors so dramatically throughout the day? It is yet, another one of God’s creative uses for light to bring beauty to the world around us.

Remember how a rainbow is made? It uses the white light from the sun and water droplets to create a prism through which the light travels and bounces off of the side and separates the white light into all of its colors. Well, every ray of sunlight has these colors within the beams of white light that we see. And remember, perspective matters!

Air molecules through which the light travels are closer in size to blue and violet than the other colors, which is why when the sun is high, the sky appears blue. However, at sunrise, the beams of light take a much longer path and scatter along the way causing more of a red hue.

So, this is why at 3:00pm mountain time, you can view a nice blue hue over the Rocky Mountains and at the same time 5:00pm eastern time, you can view the rest of the beam of light (reds and oranges) over the Appalachian Mountains.

Scientists have proven that clean air provides the best pathway for these particles to travel. Therefore, when there are airborne pollutants that decrease air quality, it robs the sky of the beautiful array of hues it could wear. Unfortunately, many of these pollutants are caused by humans, our lifestyles, and our wastefulness. We are often robbing ourselves of beauty and joy because of how we choose to live.

Although sometimes the world around us seems broken, and beautiful sunrises get robbed of their colors, God has a plan for it all. He calls it “Operation No More Tears” and foretold this plan through Isaiah. He said the Savior would come, He would die, He would raise from the dead, and then He would return. When He does, every sunrise will be perfect, there will be no more tears, mountains will bow down, and the trees will dance in worship to Him.

SEE GOD AROUND YOU

Go outside with a tall glass of milk, a flashlight, a dixie cup of water, a spoon.

  1. Pour the water in the milk and stir with a spoon.
  2. Put the light up to the milk. What color does it appear?
  3. Now, go someplace dark or wait until dark. Put the flashlight up to the milk.
  4. What colors do you see now? Why do you think this happened?

Paint your version of the most beautiful sunset you have seen.

APPLICATION

The sunrise is the perfect symbol of God’s hope and plan for this dark world. He has promised that no matter how much pain and how much loss you go through in this life, that He will rescue us and the sun will rise again. Ask God to give you hope, patience, and endurance while you wait on Him and His perfect rescue mission.

“In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. … The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

John 1:4-14

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