There’s something about sunsets, though, something rather melancholy. Sunsets signify the ending of a day, and metaphorically, perhaps the ending of hopes, or dreams, of things left undone. It is too late to go back and do what you should have done that day. Like the buglers “Taps,” it says that “day is done, gone the sun . . .”
As you watch the sun disappear from sight, somewhere far across the ocean, it is rising to bring the bright light of a new day. Someone is watching the different colors of the morning sky. They will watch as the great yellow ball rises higher and higher in the sky to bathe the day in the light of newness and hope. For a new day brings new possibilities and new opportunities. The past is replaced by potential.
There is a Scripture that says, “Walk while you have the day, for night is approaching when no man can work.”
Remember, for every sunset, there is a sunrise.
© 2009, John C. Fitts, III. All Rights Reserved. Reprinted from Grace Drops, Volume 7 (2009).