I often wonder what it will be like when Christ returns. It will be way more spectacular than any sunrise or sunset we’ll ever see here on earth.

6801_Yosemite NP-California-USA_Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 24 mm, 1-25 sec at f - 8.0, ISO 200

I look at the sky a lot. I look for cloud developments, where the sun is, where the bluest sections are, where the moon is going to rise. I keep my eye on it all the time, especially when I’m in particularly scenic locations such as Yosemite National Park. This shot was taken right at sunset on the trail back from Vernal Falls. I had enjoyed myself so much out at the falls that I didn’t have time to get back where I wanted to be for the sunset. However, I was grateful for when the trail took a bend and offered a window through the forest to the color-blotched sky above me. It turned out to be the only colorful sunset during my time in the park.

As I gaze into the heavens enjoying God’s incredible artwork, I often find myself musing on what Jesus said about what His return will be like: Watch! You do not know what hour the Lord comes. If the owner of a house knew what time the thief was going to come, he would watch to stop him. Therefore, we should be ready all the time because the Lord will come when we do not expect it. (Ahem . . . pardon my loose translation from Matthew 24:42.44.)

Watching for the Lord’s return should have a profound impact on everything I think, say, and do every day. What would I change about my life if I truly lived in daily anticipation of Christ’s return? Thankfully, as a landscape photographer, I have the opportunity to be reminded to watch every day—every time I look up into the sky.

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