Twice a day there is an hour that is best for taking outdoor photos or video. The first is the hour just after sunrise; the second is the hour just before sunset. These are each called “golden hour”.
Unlike the intensity of midday, when light is sharp and harsh and the contrast between areas of brightness and darkness means loss of detail in the shadows or over-exposure in direct sunlight, “golden hour” is when light is at its best. The sun is low in the sky; this produces a soft, diffused, and warm light. During “golden hour”, the contrast between brightness and shadow is less intense. Shadows are long, adding texture and depth, and colours are richer. It really is “golden hour”.
I’ve attempted to capture video during golden hour. When I have done this even moderately well, the effects can be stunning.
In the Bible there are several references particularly to that moment when dawn breaks. When he fled from Saul, David wrote in Psalm 57:8, “Awake, my soul! Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn.” Even in the face of adversity, David sings a song of praise at golden hour.
In Isaiah 58, the Lord calls his people to pursue justice for the needy, providing food, shelter, and clothing. “Then,” Isaiah 58:8 says, “your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.” Living a godly life that cares for others is like “golden hour” in our lives.
Hosea 6 is a call to revival, a call to return to God. “Come, let us return to the Lord,” the chapter begins. In verses 2 and 3, we read, “After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will restore us, that we may live in his presence. Let us acknowledge the Lord; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.” Golden hour becomes the promise of God’s blessing when we seek him.
The most famous “golden hour” in the Bible is the first Easter morning. Luke 24:1 says, “But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb taking the spices they had prepared.” The women went to embalm the body of Jesus, but they met with the biggest surprise ever.
God loves “golden hour”. We can face difficulty knowing the light of his love is warm and soft, like David praising the Lord. We can show his compassion to others knowing the light of his love is warm and soft, like the prophecy in Isaiah. We can turn to him in confession knowing the light of his love is warm and soft, as Hosea tells us. And the Lord can surprise us with the glory of his resurrection power, as he did when the light of that first Easter morning was warm and soft.
Perhaps you are up before dawn. Perhaps you pause as the sun goes down. I invite you to find “golden hour” in the rhythm of your life and remember how much the Lord loves you.
視頻大意翻譯(video Chinese translation):
Grace and peace