Each season brings with its own unique beauty. The brilliant-colored orange, yellow and red leaves now surround us.
We live in such a beautiful place. I only wish that it lasted a little longer. But, that’s why we have to make sure we take some time to enjoy it now while we can.
This past summer, my family and I spent a week at a cottage on Crystal Lake, near Beulah. We had no agenda — just a lot of swimming, boating and good conversation on warm summer days. What a great time!
One of the most memorable moments for me was when we went to Frankfort to watch the sun set over Lake Michigan. It was a perfect evening and quite a crowd of people had gathered on the beach. As the sun edged its way downward, a hush fell over the area. And when the sun finally disappeared from sight, everyone applauded.
I had never seen that before and I was moved by the experience. Here was God revealing himself in nature, and everyone clapped, acknowledging his handiwork.
Immediately, I thought of the verse from Psalm 19: “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the skies proclaim the works of his hands.”
It then dawned on me that enjoying a sunset is really enjoying God. That moment made me recall the words of a great historic Christian confession, which speaks of the chief end of man as being able to “to glorify God and enjoy him forever.”
The several hundred people or so and I had some special moments doing just that on a warm July night “up north” in Michigan. And I thank God for it!
The Rev. John C. Koedyker is now the pastor of congregational care for Beechwood Reformed Church in Holland.