Sunrise on the Sea of Galilee

Sunrise on the Sea of Galilee

I never get tired of seeing sunrises over the lake call the Sea of Galilee in the Bible.  How can anyone get tired of witnessing the beauty of God’s handiwork?  This lake (Kinneret in Hebrew) is a spiritual place to be, not because of the spectacular sunrises that happen over the hilltops of the southern Golan Heights, but because so much of the life and ministry of Christ took place here.

On this last trip, we saw the most spectacular sunrise!  I’ve seen great ones over the years, but this one was breath-taking.  With the positioning of the clouds, the reflection on the water, and the moving of a small fishing boat coming into view right in front of us when the sun finally peaked over the eastern hills of the Golan, it was one of those “praise moments.”

Sunrise on the Sea of GalileeFor those of us early risers, we recalled the one verse that tells us that Jesus also got up early on occasions. Mark 1:35 tells us this, “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.”  Made us wonder how many sunrises Jesus encountered Himself?  Just think, the Creator enjoying His own creation!

Sunrises and prayer go together.  At the beginning of the day is a perfect time to meet with God. It is when our minds and hearts are most open to hear God speak.  It’s the quietist time to prepare for the day.  It reminds me what the psalmist said, “Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you.  Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life (Psalm 143:8).”

Thank God for beautiful sunsets!

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