I grew up in the country where the wide-open spaces provided amble views of the sun rising over the Washington Monument to our east and setting behind the old red barn to the west.
Day by day, swiftly flow the years.
Now, on occasion and if I time it just right, I see the sun setting over Jordan Lake as I go about my evening activities, but generally the suburban landscape in which I live hides the beauty of the sunrise, sunset.
On a visit to Denver, North Carolina earlier this month, I enjoyed the views of Lake Norman, which is North Carolina’s largest manmade lake. With nearly 520 miles of shoreline and 50 square miles of surface area, this massive body of water is an “inland sea” that provides both power to the Piedmont region of the Carolinas and recreation to residents and visitors.
Here are a few pictures that I took of the sun setting one evening and rising the next morning on Lake Norman from two different vantage points. They are not only beautiful images of nature, they are for me representations of how the created order and human circumstances are ever-moving and ever-changing—the same and yet different as we experience life under the invisible hand of an active, involved Creator and Sustainer (namely God).
From the bridge leading to Governors Island, the sun setting over Lake Norman:
Lake Norman sunrise from the dock on a secluded inlet:
The sun rises, and the sun goes down, and hastens to the place where it rises. – Ecclesiastes 1:5 ESV