Most days are busy. Recently, there was one that made me stop to think. It isn’t as though it was a different day. Just a typical busy day: Kids to school, busy day at the office (yes, pastors do work on days other than Sunday), errands to run, after school practices for the kids, rush home to do homework, and then realize everyone is starving – but I hadn’t been to the store and it was 6:45, so we decided to eat out. We all loaded up in the car to head to a restaurant. This was the first time I had stopped all day long. Bryan was driving so I was just enjoying sitting while Disney radio blared in the car and the kids sang along. I looked out at the horizon, and realized how beautiful the sunset was. I turned the music down to tell everyone in the car, “Isn’t the sunset beautiful tonight?” The kids agreed with my statement, and we continued the drive.
I sat there and pondered my statement. I had to ask myself, “When was the last sunset I took time to enjoy?” In thinking about it, I couldn’t recall the last time I sat down to enjoy a sunset. I could remember lots of Instagram posts of people’s pictures of sunsets recently, but none that I had personally experienced in a long time.
It wasn’t that that particular sunset was any more beautiful. It was just that I finally took time to enjoy it.
Psalms 90:12 “Teach us to number our days that we might gain a heart of wisdom.”
Life has a way of sweeping us up and making us go at a pace that, honestly, we were never made to enjoy. In the meantime, sunsets are happening every night, your kids are getting bigger everyday, and life is passing you by. If you haven’t seen the beauty in your life in a while, may I ask: when is the last time you took the time to really look?
Lately, I have been making more time to enjoy sunsets. I don’t do it every night, but I do it more than I did. I hope you do too.