The week after Easter this year is my Spring Break, and my husband and I were able to take a few days and enjoy the warm Florida sunshine and gulf coast beaches. This is one of my happy places. The best part is watching the sunset. As the sun descents down into the gulf waters the colors and sites are like no other and I am sure there is a God. “He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11. God shares beautiful sunsets to remind me of his majestic presences so I have no excuse but to turn my heart and mind back to relationship with him. “On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.” Psalms 145:5
Knowing God Through a Sunset
“For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.” Romans 1: 19-20
Just as I watch the beauty of a sunset and am reminded of God, I am also reminded of his creation of the light out of darkness. His handiwork not mine is what I see in nature and in my own life. “When he established the heavens, I was there; when he drew a circle on the face of the deep,” Proverbs 8:27.
I think if I am really honest the sunset does remind me of life and its shortness. The sun will set. The end will come. I hope that I have left behind happiness and not strife. This is my reminder when I see the sunset. I am not promised tomorrow. “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.” Proverbs 27:1. Carpe Diem – Seize the Day! Live for Christ today not tomorrow because we do not know what tomorrow brings.
Anger and Sunsets
The reminder of how short life is comes this scripture that also reminds me to not hold onto grudges and anger – from Ephesians 4: 26-27, “Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil.” Just one more reminder that sunset could be our last one so do not leave anything undone. Do not let your angry and the devil win. Make amends with others before the sunsets. Live a life of Psalms 103:8, “The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.”
Closing Verse: “From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the Lord is to be praised!” Psalm 113:3
Challenge: Prepare for the Sunset.