One of my favorite things on this Earth is a good, glorious sunset with an awesome view. It’s like it calms my soul or something. I love the way it makes me speechless and overflows my heart with happiness, all at the sight of something. “Glory!” That’s exactly what word enters my mind when I see the sky painted at the end of the day. It’s like God allows me to peep into a sliver of heaven just for a few moments.
Life can be like a sunset. Those "glory" moments are sweet and breathtaking but once they are gone, you can’t really seem to explain it, you just have to see it for yourself.
Jesus is my sunset. He is the most beautiful part of my day but just like the sun setting, I don’t “see” Him every single day and it leaves me feeling incomplete. When I don’t make time to soak my heart in the goodness of His truth . . . I miss Him, awfully.
The sun sets every day without fail. Some days it’s bright and brilliant and lights up the whole sky, other days it’s sweet and soft, melting into the horizon without much glamour. But regardless, it still always happens.
Every day Jesus shows up, ready to let us see and experience glorious things in our life, but we have to be willing to see & experience them. There are days when He shines so brightly but we fail to look up from our busy lives to be blessed by those "glory moments" and we miss it. Other days we are looking for Him but we are expecting to be blown away by His Majesty and we overlook the small but life altering "glory moment." Oh, but there are also days when we see it and it’s more than we could have ever hoped for and our hearts become overwhelmed with joy and our hearts beat in sync with the Holy Spirit and we see Jesus.
I will be the first to admit that sometimes I prove true the saying that Blondes are a wee bit ditzy. Guilty as charged, except it has nothing to do with the color of my hair and everything to do with where my mind is focused (and usually that’s about 50 different places). If my thoughts are not constantly focused on a task (or I don’t set a reminder in my phone), I will totally forget about it. But I hardly ever forget about watching the sunset.
Because it’s my happy place & it’s something that I look forward to all day long, so much so, that by the time it’s actually time for the sunset, my heart is about to burst with excitement.
I wish I could say that I hardly forget every day about meeting with Jesus, but I do and it is because my mind and my heart are not always focused on Him. But I am learning that the more I am focused on being in His presence, the more excited I am to meet with Him. I mean, I know that He is always with me but I am talking about setting aside time and having some heart-shifting, hands lifted, praise dripping from my lips moments in the presence of my Almighty King, Maker of my favorite sunsets, without any distractions from this crazy life. The more I focus on His face, the more I crave those "glory moments", and the more "glory moments" I have, the more my heart yearns for His presence, making my “sunset time” a priority in my life instead of another thing to check off my to-do list.
Each day we have an opportunity to see the sunset but we have to be willing to walk outside and gaze at it. We also have the honor every day to meet with the living God, who wants so badly for us just to show up so He can blow us away with His wonder. We can’t let all our "glory moments" pass us by because we were too busy with our own agendas to stop and praise the God that wants to give us more of Himself simply by basking in His glory and acknowledging who He is.
Have an awesome week & don’t miss the sunsets!
“From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the Lord is to be praised!"
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.