Sunsets Can Be Beautiful


            Living out in the country has helped me to discover and rediscover some things about the world around me.  I’ve learned that some frogs sound a great deal like buzzards.  Weeds will trick you into believing that they don’t like growing in gardens, but that is a trick.  I’ve rediscovered the beauty of God’s earth, which truly is a marvelous gift for us to enjoy.  I love the stars at night when they are not out-shined by the lights of the city.  And I especially enjoy the radiant horizons as the sun sets in the western sky.  It is on this picture that I wish to focus for a few moments.

            What makes a sunset beautiful?  I know there is something about the way the light shines through the gases in the atmosphere that makes the beautiful colors.  But on a slightly deeper level, what makes them beautiful? 

            For me, the beauty of a sunset is determined in part by what I did with the day that preceded it.  I’ve seen some gorgeous sunsets that I couldn’t fully enjoy because I knew I hadn’t given my all during the day.  On the other hand, I have seen sunsets that were awe-inspiring because I could say without a doubt that in that day I had done all I could.  So, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward” (Col 3:23-24).

            Some intrinsically beautiful sunsets have been uninspiring to me because my attitude towards others was not what it should have been.  “…do not let the sun go down on your anger” (Eph 4:26-27).  We cannot enjoy the abundance of any of God’s blessings when we are unwilling to submit to his will for our lives.  Are your sunsets jaded by some transgression of God’s commands?

            In a sunset I see the end of one day and the glimpse of the next.  I see the hope of rest from labor, which can only be hoped for by one who has been laboring.  One day, the sun will set for the last time on each of our lives, and the beauty of that sunset will be decided by what we did with the life we lived before it.  How brilliant will your final sunset be?


----Darrell Powell