One Tree – A Hundred Backdrops









If I can put one touch of rosy sunset into the life of any man or woman, I shall feel that I have worked with God.
~G.K. Chesterton
















Most evenings there is no sunset fanfare, no departing glowing orb on the horizon, no color spreading upward into the clouds.  The typical evening canvas is just grey and ordinary at dusk, transitioning to twilight, giving into nightfall.


Yet there are times not at all ordinary.  On those evenings, the Master reaches deep for his palette and starts mixing.  As He begins His work,  grey gradually gives way to amber and orange, shifting to red and purple and yellow.   A daub here, a speckle there, then full out splash and streak.  The backdrop is never the same night after night.  He takes creative license with His creation.

We are invited to pick up a brush and apprentice for Him, learning the sweep of the hand, the grace of the wrist stroke, the fine work of the brush tip outlining the black of darkening shadows.

There can be no wrong color combination; anything goes.  It is a riveting gift of extraordinary artwork: it is meant to be shared, to be taught, to be cherished even if only for a few brief minutes.

When the sky glows like unfolding rose petals, all will see it; this work won’t be hidden away in a gallery or museum.

All too soon it moves on, the canvas plain and dark once again.  And we’re left holding the brush, eager and ready to try again when the timing is right.
















There is no way in which a man can earn a star or deserve a sunset.
~G.K. Chesterton

















14 thoughts on “One Tree – A Hundred Backdrops

  1. Enrapturing (if that is a word). All pics are spectacular and your riveting description follows the Master’s ‘miracle’ to allow us to absorb and to imprint upon our souls in an unforgettable way. Now — I can begin my day swathed in beauty and in peace — with just a wee hint of what He has waiting for us….

    P.S. Pics numbered three and eight of ‘Old Faithful’ and the sky are the most unusual that I have ever seen. I have been looking and looking at them, trying to describe what they can mean to me. Another mystery!

    ‘Thank you, Emily,’ hardly begins to express the value of what you bring to us each day – in prose, poetry, and in visual photos. You work so well with the Holy Spirit!

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  2. These photos are amazing. I love trees and the backdrops you captured are amazing. I looked at some of your other photos as well – so very beautiful. You have a wonderful talent. I love that you are using that talent to bring glory to God!

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