Spiritual Sunsets

Another glorious sunset in Oklahoma!

Another glorious sunset in Oklahoma!

Sunsets are beautiful! They are one of God’s masterpieces, which never cease to amaze me. Even though it’s been about ten years since I last saw one, sunsets over the Pacific are my favorite. It’s been almost 40 years since I first sat on the beach near La Jolla Cove to witness my first sunset there. I still can close my eyes and hear the waves crashing ashore as I visualize the beauty of southern California sunsets.

Arizona has beautiful sunsets, as well. They are very different. They are, nevertheless, marvels to behold. Lest I leave anyone out, Kansas has beautiful sunsets as well! My earliest years were spent on the high plains in the western Oklahoma Panhandle, where the frequent serene sunsets almost made them commonplace. There are days when I would really like to be back in the wide open spaces of my youth where I could enjoy the peaceful ending of a day watching a pleasant sunset. I’m almost there. But, not quite.

For a number of years, I lived in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States. Here, the opportunity to witness the splendor of sunsets was somewhat limited by the topography and incredibly tall trees. Even in Delaware, though, there were times when breathtaking sunsets would catch my eye and warm my heart. Sunsets are beautiful!

Another one of God’s masterpieces which I admire is the beautiful lives of God’s children who have reached the sunset years of their lives. They radiate God’s glory and splendor in amazing ways. Just like sunsets, their lives are beautiful to behold. These are, I guess one could say, spiritual sunsets. They do radiate the glory of God. Senior saints are like trees planted by rivers of water bearing the fruit of the Spirit, with Christian graces adorning their lives. Spiritual sunsets are beautiful, indeed!

Proverbs 16:31 states: “Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained in the way of righteousness.” This is the translation of Today’s New International Version. While it says essentially the same thing, I like the way the Contemporary English Version phrases this verse when it says, “Gray hair is a glorious crown worn by those who have lived right.” Clearly, this speaks of God’s glory shining through the life of one who has lived for Him, making the hair of gray so lovely a crown.

Whether we are young or old or some place in between, we love and admire those who have faithfully followed in the steps of Jesus. We never cease to marvel over each beautiful masterpiece, which has been created by God’s gracious working in the lives of senior saints. Not only are spiritual sunsets beautiful to behold, they powerfully teach all who marvel at their majesty what we should be striving for—a crown of splendor, attained in the way of righteousness.

Yes, sunsets are beautiful! But, there are many marvels that are much more beautiful to witness. These are seen each time a dear, sweet child of God faithfully follows in the steps of Jesus as he or she journeys towards the sunset years of life.

Ah! Spiritual sunsets! They are the most beautiful of all!

© Bill Williams, a sojourner
May 4, 2015