I was originally searching for a beautiful photo of a glorious sunrise. This rendering of a sunrise was not so glorious as what I was searching for, because the sun is not the center of everything.
The rest of what is going on in the picture is much more proximate and much more real, to me. When I look at this painting by Claude Monet, I am more overwhelmed by the more proximate sensory impressions: the coolness of the water, the limited visibility caused by the fog, the quietness of the boat, the bumping of the the boatsman as he maneuvers the boat along, perhaps the sounds of the people in the other boat, or sounds from activity on the shore. The mystery of what is on the shore. The light of day has not yet fully revealed where I am or what is happening around me.
But perhaps this is more like the way we daily live our experiences of sunrise. On a daily basis, our focus is on details much more proximate. We don’t see clearly. We don’t have all the answers. We are overwhelmed by all that bombards our senses, and we don’t always know what to think of it.
Thankfully, the sunrise always occurs. The sun rises, whether we focus on it or not.