I'm peering out the window right now, watching the fading light. Officially the sun set at 7:32 p.m. this evening. It is now 8:00 p.m. and I can still see the last of the rays of the sun. It takes awhile for the sun to set, here on the edge of the Great Plains.
I love twilight. Often it follows a beautiful sunset and there is a stillness... like the world is waiting with breathless anticipation for the stars to appear. It is a time to slow down, take a deep breath and think about past... as well as the future.
It is not dark enough for me to make out the stars just yet and I can see the last of the pink-tinted clouds, slipping away from my view. As the darkness descends, I am reminded that although the night can seem "frightening", it also is a time of quietness and rest. When you think about it, we need the night, don't we? If you don't believe me, ask anyone who has worked third shift about how easy it is to get a good "night's" rest during the day.
I'm scanning the western sky right now, looking for the first stars. The light is fading quickly but it still is not dark enough to see the stars. Soon... very soon, I will be able to do so. My eye picks up a flash but no, that is just an airplane headed off to parts unknown. Oh, how I'd love to be up there, off on another adventure!
It is 8:15. The sun set 43 minutes ago and yet, I still can see the last vestiges of light. I peer expectantly out the window.
Star light, star bright,
First star I see tonight,
I wish I may, I wish I might,
Have the wish I wish tonight.
It is 8:24 and as the last streak of light slowly fades, I can see the stars shining in the night.
The Sunrise and Sunset are beautiful times of the day aren't they? I think the Lord made them that way for us to pause and reflect like you did. To look at the sun painting it's light on a new day, you wonder - what will today bring? And at night, the colours that change so fast make us stop for a moment and just take it all in. I never tire of looking at sunrises and sunsets, I've seen some amazing ones recently at the end of the NZ summer and beginning of Autumn.
May the Lord speak to your heart during these times!