Blog Deep Thoughts

Facing the Risk of Sunsets

Yesterday, I had to go out around sunset to pick my oldest daughter up from an activity. I was backing out of the driveway and realized that I had left my sunglasses in the house. With very light-colored eyes, it’s incredibly hard to see outside, especially when the sun is low.

Not wanting to be late, I kept backing out of the drive and decided to brave the sunlight unprotected by a pair of polarized lens.

Just a few minutes later, I was happy with this decision, and in fact, I quietly prayed, thanking God that I had forgotten by my sunglasses.

Why? Because the landscape I was driving through was beautiful, and I know it would haven’t have struck me in the same way or to the same degree if I was wearing my sunglasses. (The photo below was taken fairly safely from the side of the road.)

Sometimes, we miss the beauty of life because we are so concerned with our protection or comfort, but real life, abundant and luxuriant life, is going to require us to accept a certain amount of risk and will challenge us to put down our guard and just live.

Originally posted on Facebook on Jun 12, 2024.