A Sunset Story

Last night I saw one of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever witnessed.

We had been driving down the right road at the right time.  It had just rained for three days straight; a rare occurrence for Maui.  The sky was dark and sweet coldness was in the air.  I saw it coming.  I saw the clouds breaking.  Wet reflections everywhere.  I longed for my real camera. I had a feeling that it could be one of those moments.  Why didn’t I have it on me, ready for action?  My hubs offered to pull the car over, a demonstration of his love for me.  We would be late for our dinner reservation.  I leapt out of our water beaded car.  And there it was.  I watched it unfold before my eyes.  Soaking. it. all. in. The silhouettes.  The changing colors that lit up the entire sky.  The tourists, ecstatic for the hope of sunshine.




I have witnessed hundreds of amazing sunsets in my life, but this one truly took my breath away.  I felt the heaviness of it, like a thick down comforter on a chilly night.  I was enveloped in the weight of it.

It’s no coincidence that today I read about God’s glory.  Kabod, it comes from the root word heaviness.  It takes the word heaviness to a-whole-nother level for me.  This is what I couldn’t exactly put my finger on.  The heaviness, the weight, the breathlessness, the glory, the beauty.  My heart stilled in awe and jumping for joy at once.  A feeling that I often find hard to explain in real words.

I am reminded of one of my favorite snippets of scripture:

Psalm 19:1-3

The heavens declare the glory of God;
    the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
    night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
    no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
    their words to the ends of the world.


I love this quote I found a while back, on Pinterest:

”May we be consumed with the Creator of all things rather than with things created.”


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