Sunrise, Lenexa, Kansas, USA, at approximately 7:30 am or 0730 hours, January 31st.
Walked to my car from the health club after a workout and this is what I witnessed.
The actual sunrise was much more outstanding than my photograph, especially as it changed colors and shapes by the second.
After downloading this image to the computer, the layering seemed to magnify itself.
So, I thought about layers. We sometimes hear that certain things are only skin deep. At other times we hear that some things are buried so deep they can’t be found.
The reality is that when it comes to life, most everything that lives has layers: whether it be physical, emotional, mental or anywhere outside these realms. Life is complex.
I would like to limit this post to humans. We are fragile, yet flexible. We are strong, yet weak. Courageous, yet cowardly. Compassionate, yet cruel. Kind, yet mean. We are amazing. We are a mystery.
Like an onion which has a layer of silky skin upon juicy layers of zesty fruit, we can peel away and come to the heart of this vegetable without really understanding its uniqueness. We simply take for granted that is how all onions are and so be it. Like them or not. I venture to say that people are similar to onions in that we possess a complexity of layers.
We are not single cell organisms like some bacteria, but complex in every discernible way. This complexity is patterned after the Creator of the universe. Appreciate the commonness as well as the uniqueness.
If you can relate, I am so tired of the charade that is taking place in our world-especially in America. So many are divided. So many are angry and critical. So many are giving up. And, so many feel lost. This doesn’t even cover the majority of our world who don’t have a clue as to what I just stated-they are simply trying to survive. Can you imagine that…existing each day merely to make it to the next?
So, I return to the topic of layers. Explore the diversity, the uniqueness, the amazing in others, and in yourself. This may take some time as you peel away each layer, but discovery awaits. But, please, do not forget to explore the oneness we all have as human beings created in the image of God. May we all experience, and exercise, more peace and patience each day. The world needs it, you need it, and I definitely need it, as well.
An apt analogy very nicely expressed, Michael.
Thanks Len. That means a lot. Hope you like onions!
I do cook with them.
…and shed a few tears.
Beautiful photo, beautiful writing too!!
Thanks Valerie. I was lucky to shoot this image because two minutes later the sun had risen above the clouds and was glaring. I appreciate your kind words about mine!