Sunsets are beautiful! They are one of God’s masterpieces, which never cease to amaze me. Sunsets over the Pacific are my favorite. It’s been 30 years since I first sat on the beach near San Diego’s La Jolla Cove to witness my first sunset there. Still, I 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. 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 that 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.
Now, I live in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States. Here, the opportunity to witness the splendor of sunsets is somewhat limited by the topography and incredibly tall trees. Even here, though, there are times when breathtaking sunsets catch my eye. 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, indeed, 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 these spiritual sunsets beautiful to behold, they powerfully teach all who marvel at their majesty that for which we should be striving. To each of the senior saints among us we express our heartfelt thanks for leading us as together we follow in the steps of Jesus!
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 the Lord in the sunset years of life.
Ah! Spiritual sunsets! They are the most beautiful of all!
© Bill Williams, October 31, 2006