Throughout the world many rise early to admire the beauty of sunrise, and enjoy the heavenly colours. And yet, there is also the sun’s perspective, who sees such beauty before him as his light is reflected by our faces and the surrounds. While we may admire others and perhaps not reflect well on ourselves, God sees with loving eyes our beauty, even if hidden in darkness, and desires we would have such divine insight.
I am dark, but lovely,
O daughters of Jerusalem,
Like the tents of Kedar,
Like the curtains of Solomon.
Do not look upon me, because I am dark,
Because the sun has tanned me.
My mother’s sons were angry with me;
They made me the keeper of the vineyards,
But my own vineyard I have not kept.
(To Her Beloved)
Tell me, O you whom I love,
Where you feed your flock,
Where you make it rest at noon.
For why should I be as one who veils herself
By the flocks of your companions?
If you do not know, O fairest among women,
Follow in the footsteps of the flock,
And feed your little goats
Beside the shepherds’ tents.
I have compared you, my love,
To my filly among Pharaoh’s chariots.
Your cheeks are lovely with ornaments,
Your neck with chains of gold.‘
(Song of Songs 1:5-10)
‘But to you who fear My name the Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings; And you shall go out and grow fat like stall-fed calves.‘