I chased a Sunset
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
I chased this sunset last night.
I had left my Barre class just moments after a gusty torrential downpour had set in. I got soaked running to my car and couldn't believe how dark the sky was at that moment. And being twenty minutes from home meant I decided to drive very slow. But a few minutes down the road, the rain started to ease up and the sky started to glow. It looked like the brightest shade of orange I had ever seen. But I couldn't find a full view of it as I was driving south. There were so many tall and dense trees along the highway. By this time it was 8:40pm, so I drove a little faster knowing that I would be facing west once I made a right turn at an intersection closer to my house. The sun was already so low and I didn't want to miss the final moments of the show -- the sky in all it's post-storm glory.
I finally made the turn, and could see a bigger glimpse of the fiery skyline but not quite everything. I continued down the road determined to find the perfect view. Then finally, a big clearing of trees opened up and I saw it. I literally had to pull over and take it all in. I stopped the car, took this photo, and lingered for a few minutes.
After arriving home I wasn't surprised to find that, once again, giant tree branches covered our yard and our power was out. For the second time in less than a week. But this time I didn't even care. Because it felt like God was trying to get my attention. Just like I often do when one of my kids is too engrossed in an activity to hear my words and notice my presence, I offer a distraction they can't ignore.
I felt like God was asking (forcing) me to unplug and pay attention. Be present. Listen. I fail so miserably at that most days. But he knows my heart and knows that a sunset show like this would be the perfect way to remind me of his power and artistry. It was a reminder that no distraction on my iPhone, or a selfish ambition, or fleeting earthly pleasure can compare to knowing the personal love of an all-powerful God. He knows me. He sees me. And he wants me to see him too.