The sky this evening was beautiful—a cathedral in the heavens, glowing with light. It was almost like catching a glimpse of heaven. The sun is gone now, swallowed up by the darkness, but it’s sure to rise again. Sometimes the dawn is even more beautiful than the sunset.
The light slowly fades to darkness, but then comes the sunrise. “The Sun of Righteousness”—Jesus—“shall arise”1 and set everything straight. Before I can see the sun itself when it begins to rise, I can see its effects as it lights up everything—like the light of God’s Word drives away the darkness.
I wonder why we old people sleep so little and wake up so early? Maybe it’s because we appreciate time more and don’t want to waste any. I think it’s also because Jesus wants us to spend more time alone with Him, without all the distractions of the day, thinking about our lives, getting our priorities straight and realizing what’s important and what isn’t, taking account of what we accomplished, thinking about whether or not we’re using our time wisely, and praying about how we could do better. It’s easier to hear His voice when we’re alone, particularly in the early morning.
It’s wonderful when the sunset of a life can be as beautiful as the sunsets of God’s creation, when we pass over to the next life as quietly and as gracefully as the day comes to a close. Soon there will be no more sunsets for us; in heaven there will only be sunrise!