One of my favorite places that Carla and I love to visit is Key West, Florida. It is a great place to relax and escape the realities and stresses of life. One of the main attractions in Key West is to watch the sunset at a pier around Mallory Square. The water is bright blue and goes as far as the eye can see with the sun and clouds cascading into the ocean at the horizon. Years ago on one of our trips to Key West we were enjoying the sunset when we observed something interesting. Miles away in the west there was a large storm front that was moving to the South.
Right down the middle of the sky straight in front of us on the horizon was a dark gray sky on the left with a bright sunset on the right. It was like someone had taken a photograph and spliced it together at the horizon. It was one of the most amazing and beautiful events that I have witnessed in nature. The colors of the dark gray sky on one side against the bright orange and red sky of the other side were breathtaking with no pictures great enough to really appreciate.
This image has always stayed with me through my life. They are so many times when we can feel caught up in hopelessness and despair. There are situations in life where we can get caught in the darkness and loose sight of where we are. Yet, when we focus on God and simply turn another direction, our lives become brighter and filled with promise. We are reminded at the season of fall approaches, that we are entering a new season where the past is behind us and the spirit of hope is in front of us. May the peace of God and the beauty beyond the sunsets be with you during this fall as we move forward with activities here at church as well as throughout our community at local school events. Let us invite others to worship with us as we celebrate the newness of life and the promise of life eternal through a Jesus Christ who brings light into a dark world.
Blessings in all you do!