Thursday, March 6, 2014

Golden LIght

One late November afternoon, my hubby and I took  a trip to visit a nearby lake on what we like to call a road trip. To us, A road trip is visiting a location that we can travel to in about an hour's time - or two - and see either a lake, river, a park or a natural wonder. Somewhere we can spend outdoors together just relaxing and having quiet conversation.

This day stands out in my memory because of the light.

A beautiful golden light bathed the waters and everything lakeside.  I took some awesome pictures that day - photos I've used over and over again because I love them so much.

We ate lunch in one of the lakeside pavilions by the boat dock.  A brisk breeze was blowing so we decided to move to a bench flooded by sunlight.  While there, we watched a fisherman till dusk as he pulled in catch after catch.

Every once in awhile I would close my eyes and tip my head toward the sun and feel its rays beating upon me.

What a peaceful afternoon!

I recall another day.  I was a child visiting relatives for the first time in Wisconsin.  They lived in the country and as the day wore on, my cousins decided it would be great to ride bikes down to the bridge and then catch minnows in the creek.

It was another beautiful golden day.  How I wish now that I had had a camera back then and captured the sunny scene I remember so well!

I was only there once.  Why do I remember it so well all these years later?

Could it be that golden sunshine, the kind that makes blue skies glow with a special radiance, is so special that it will forever imprint itself upon our memory? It's an almost sacred light, pure with no shadows of darkness anywhere.

It makes me think of heaven where it is said there will be no sun or moon because the pure radiance of God will illuminate everywhere and everything.

Perhaps what we all need is time spent under the golden canopy of skies that God has created instead of staying inside under dreary man-made ceilings of white-washed plaster. Under those gold-drenched blue skies where thoughts, dreams and prayers can go up, up, up into heavenly places.

His light will help us see everything clearer - both our natural surroundings and our innermost selves. There is beauty to be found; somehow it is easier to find when you are outside under His roof, bathed in gold.

 (All photos were taken by me.  Please do not copy.)

This post was written in response to Writer's Workshop prompt 3.) A blog post inspired by the word: gold.  My first thought was golden sunshine.  What do you think of when you see the word "gold?"  Leave a comment or link up at Kat's blog, Mama's Losin' It.


Melinda Ott said...

Beautiful pictures! I'm really missing the golden sunlight this time of year!

Kyliegh Kite said...

Love the pictures! I love taking pictures like these that you can pull out and remember everything about the day. :)

Carol said...

I just love your post. You described golden light so beautifully! And I agree. Being outside in the sunlight does wonders for your soul. "God's canopy of light". I love that!

Mama Kat said...

It's so beautiful! I'm glad you were able to capture some of in in photo, though I'm sure it was even more gorgeous in person!