My drive to work takes me up a hill heading east. Depending on the time of year, I often get a firsthand look at the sunrise. Some mornings the sunrise is beautiful. And some mornings the sunrise is downright spectacular.
Have you ever noticed that the best sunrises (and sunsets for that matter) happen when we also have the best scattering of clouds. Of course there is science behind the sunrise. When the sun is closer to the horizon, the blue light scatters and the red light comes through. The real magic though happens when the sunlight bounces off the clouds. Pay attention the next time you see an amazing sunrise. There will also be a healthy number of clouds. I am grateful for those clouds.
Like in life.
There have been plenty of times in my life when I have wished for clear skies with no clouds. Life can get complicated, and it is human nature to wish for clear skies. But none of us get clear skies all the time. Life happens. In those moments it can be helpful to remember that the most beautiful sunrises come when the sky is filled with a healthy scattering of clouds.
As we move into the second semester of the year, a time that usually goes faster than I can comprehend, I wish you clear skies. Of course I do. But I also wish you the perspective of the sunrise. The clouds in our lives are often the reason the sunrises shine so brilliantly.