I have found that slowing down in the evening to watch the sunset has a calming and refreshing effect on my soul.
There is something about breathing in the evening air, watching the pattern of the birds in flight, and seeing the beauty of God’s creation in its habitual daily rhythm that speaks strongly of the faithfulness of God and soothes the spirit.
One of my favorite quotes from Charles Spurgeon comes to mind nearly every evening when the sky fills with radiant colors in the brilliance of the setting sun:
“The season of sunset as it draws a veil over the day, befits that repose of the soul when earthborn cares yield to the joys of heavenly communion. The glory of the setting sun excites our wonder, and the solemnity of approaching night awakens our awe. If the business of this day will permit it, it will be well, dear reader, if you can spare an hour to walk in the field at eventide, but if not, the Lord is in the town too, and will meet with you in your chamber or in the crowded street. Let your heart go forth to meet Him.”
Peace. Rest. Quietness. Tranquility. Communion with the Living God. We all need this desperately. And it’s offered to us every single evening by a loving God who daily reminds us that he is constantly preserving and governing his creation in total faithfulness:
“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge” (Psalm 19:1).
As the sun sets, the heavens are speaking to us of the glory and grandeur of our great and gracious God. What a privilege it is for us to be able to look and to listen! Dusk has definitely become one of my favorite times of each day.
Every evening, as our workday comes to a conclusion, it affords us the opportunity to watch God’s handiwork and be reminded of His care. We can commit ourselves and our work to Him.
The sun also sets every evening with the promise of a new day’s dawning to come. We know that no matter what today looked like, if we are God’s children we will awake in the morning to mercies that are new (Lamentations 3:22-23). And as we rest, we can entrust ourselves to the One who works on behalf of those who wait for Him (Isaiah 64:4).