And as I flip back through the snapshots in my brain and the photo images on my camera, my favorite part was a spontaneous stop at a random public beach late Wednesday afternoon. It had been a long day. Frankly, my husband pushed for one last stop when I wanted to go back and veg by the pool.
Little people--on an intermission from the growing up they are doing before my very eyes.
"This is my favorite," I said aloud to my husband.
"You are always a fan of the sunset moments," he reminded me.
"Hmm, you're right. Why do you think that is?" I asked.
"Maybe because of the reflection of the day?" he offered.
I've thought a lot about that since our conversation. I am truly a sucker for sunset moments with the people I love--but why? Sunset is a time of perspective and reflection--two things I love--but I think there is more to it.
I've done just enough dabbling in photography to know it is all about light. Dawn, dusk and overcast days are the best times to capture beautiful photos. I think this is true of the perspective of my heart as well.
The reason I love sunset moments is because the harsh, intense, rush of the day is over and a warm glow settles in that puts everything in a softer, more forgiving light. The pressure to perform wears away--what's done is done-- it is time to reign things in and put the day to bed.
And I wonder why I can't seek a little more sunset in each day? When I am in a hurry and just trying to mark things off my list, I am convicted that I cast more of a harsh noonday glare and miss the glow of a sunset perspective.
Of course, real life means I can't always control the light of a given situation--but my presence, my attitude can certainly influence it. He is the 'light of the world' and I am called to reflect His warm glow.