My favorite time of day changes as the day wakes up and walks with me. Generally, just after lunch has never received the title and perhaps also late morning, but I can't tell you for certain. I just know that there are moments when I glance up from whatever I'm doing - walking, reading, working, thinking - and I'm hit between the eyes with wonder. Dawn and dusk are regular wonder hits in my life.
When the blue-grey morning sky gives way to pink-peach tones, the fuzzy coming together on the horizon makes me want to set my day's destination to "first star on the right and straight on 'til morning" with Peter Pan.
Do you know the feeling? The feeling of wonder?
Dawn and dusk have that effect on me, so this morning I took a good, long pause to watch the warm colors bloom into the grey. I watched them fuzz together and then the gray get swallowed up. And as I squinted at the sun on my morning walk, I delighted in its fuzzy beginnings hours earlier. I smiled at the way the sun had introduced itself to this day quietly and then quickly took over the sky with bold rays.
I hope I can keep this feeling of wonder until dusk when it happens in reverse. Maybe it will help to reflect on this devotional from Solid Joys, "Christ is Like Sunlight" where John Piper explains Hebrews 1:3,
"He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature."
Piper writes, "Jesus relates to God the way radiance relates to glory, or the way the rays of sunlight relate to the sun." And so, it is this relationship that is inspiring wonder in my favorite times of day.