A Picture Speaks A Thousand Words

A sunbow blazed to the right of the lowering sun. Blue and white sections filled the sky, with orange and yellow horizontal ribbons. Waves rolled up foaming and reclining back. I continued to walk toward the lighthouse although darkness was drawing near. The sky was pretty but nothing too out of the ordinary. It was one of those evenings when the sky might just turn gray and pull up its covers for the night, but a certain anticipation drew me to walk a little farther.

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I had been asking God for guidance. Wondering why He wasn’t talking to me and praying He would reveal himself. Is the Bible the only way He speaks to me?

Please give me wisdom and show your power in my life. I need your presence.

The sun was almost at the horizon when vertical peach colored clouds approached from the south resembling angel’s flowing gowns. As this mysterious cloud mass moved toward the sun, the momentum had picked up. Indescribable shapes and colors were forming. Flocks of seagulls were rising and falling in excitement all around.

Following a bird, my eye caught what was happening in the eastern sky. The right side of a rainbow was rising up behind the sand dune. It became brighter and brighter and for a moment there was even a hint of a second rainbow. The reflection from the opposite sky was a blotch of peachy color. The bright clouds that intersected the rainbow transformed into the shape of a golden sword.

When my gaze returned to the west, the sky was exploding so gloriously, I actually experienced the term breathtaking. Making it a habit to see as many sunsets as possible, many have been amazing. But this one beat them all. I was totally overcome and fell to my knees in awe. Surprisingly, the Apostle’s Creed came to my lips. It begins, “I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit…”

I shivered as tears streamed down both cheeks. If this kind of beauty is possible on earth, I can’t even imagine how incredible heaven will be. The canopy wrapping around me on all sides felt like warm, strong arms.

One way God speaks today is in nature. The sky smiled in gentle silence but was a thunderous sound to my heart. God’s beautiful sunset tapestry reminded me he certainly was present and loves me more than I can fathom. His picture spoke a thousand words…


These photographs were snapped in the middle of my gasping. These pictures don’t do it justice but I hope you can get a message from God too. What is He saying to you today?


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About Myrna Folkert

Myrna is an author who desires to use her gifts to glorify God. She's created this blog to tell stories of her childhood, musings about life, motherless daughters, grief and loss, faith in God, her family history, and facts about the Long QT syndrome. She also has a hearing condition called Tinnitus. Doing interviews with motherless daughters like herself are of great interest. Join in discussions by following this blog and commenting. She would love to hear your stories about life. Myrna is a Christ follower, wife, mother, sister, friend, aunt, and cousin. She was an elementary school teacher for 27 years; now works in her church, and a few other volunteer activities such as Hospice doing "Life Reviews" and Vigils. Myrna loves to read, write, listen to music, go to concerts, and take pictures. Her favorite pastime is boating with her husband near the beautiful shores of West Michigan.
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14 Responses to A Picture Speaks A Thousand Words

  1. JUANITA says:

    Simply magnificent. God is the best artist there will ever be. No one paints a landscape like Him! I enjoyed your post. I can testify to the fact that the beauty of God’s handiwork sometimes leaves one speechless wonder. I have often thought the same things, if earth is this beautiful what must heaven be like!
    God bless you!

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  2. Marilyn Tinklenberg says:

    Thank you, you have a wonderful way of writing that everything you say I can see in my mind. Also those pictures are incredible. I am almost jealous of you, we never get to see a sunset unless we driving somewhere else, not from out home.

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    • Marilyn, you have given one of the best comments you could ever give to a writer! That is the goal, to make the reader see it in their mind, so if you do, praise the Lord! I love hearing from you! I don’t see much from my home either, but it is a quick drive, bike ride or walk to see sunsets so I’m thankful for that!


  3. Charles Earl Harrel says:

    Someone already commented, Wow! But I have to say it again, WOW!
    incredible pictures, faith-lifting story and encounter. Thank you for sharing it.

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  4. Anonymous says:

    “the heavens declare the glory of God!”

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  5. Edith says:

    Wow, these are just amazing! And thank you for the visit yesterday. Tag me when you have a new post or anything you want me to read. I’ll add you on Facebook so you can do it via Messenger. I could do the same for you if you permit. Are you on Pinterest? I have a couple of group boards you might like. Abundant grace and fruit in your writing in Jesus’ name.

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  6. Wow how wonderful!! I’ve recently moved from living on a lake to now the desert and the scenery is much different. But you’re completely right, finding the beauty in the nature around us is a wonderful way the God speaks to us.

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  7. Anonymous says:

    What a blessing to “see” this sunset through your words and pictures! Just stunning! You captured such beauty! Thanks for posting and sharing your gift with your readers.

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