Yesterday I was reading outside in the morning as the sun was rising. While shade blocked its direct light to my face, the dappled light filtering through the trees brightly illuminated the book and my surroundings. It was wonderfully radiant and cheerful, highlighting colors and textures wherever it was reflected, near and far.
Then I leaned forward out of the shadow. The direct sun struck my eyes with such brilliance I retreated immediately to seek shelter from its overwhelming intensity. The book I was reading was the Bible so it was no stretch to imagine how much like God Almighty was that experience. Indeed the Bible tells us more than once He is too glorious for mortals to look upon. When he revealed Himself to Moses, God passed him by and let him see only His back and said, “You cannot see my face… and live.”
The sun’s unique qualities in our experience inspired numerous ancient peoples to view it as their god. Yet it is only one of the wonders of creation for our enjoyment - given to sustain life on earth, and to inspire our worship of our true Creator God.