Passing through Wausau on my way home from a business trip, I decided to stop at Rib Mountain State Park to get in a little hiking. Since it had been cloudy most of the day, I considered whether to take my camera. Figuring this would be just an outdoor, exercise, and fresh autumnal air hike without the possibility of any reasonably good pictures, I decided to take my camera anyway.
While hiking on the quarry trail, the sun came out in glorious warm orange, lighting up the autumnal leaves of the trees and the forest floor. A man and his dog jogged by, and commented on the wonderful light. It was a nice reminder of the grace and mercy of God.
“Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun” (Ecclesiastes 11:7, KJV).
I would have taken some pictures of the actual sunset, but I kept dithering about returning to the car. The leaf covered trail I had taken to this spot had been hard to follow even in the daylight. (I had considered turning back a number of times before the sun came out. But when the sun came out, I felt compelled to keep going). Nonetheless, the last thing I wanted to do was stumble back on that rocky, meandering, leaf covered trail in the dark. There were a lot of leaves still on the trees, and a cloudy starless night in the forest can be very dark. I had a flashlight, but was uncertain of the strength of its batteries.
“Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun: But if a man live many years, and rejoice in them all; yet let him remember the days of darkness; for they shall be many.” (Ecclesiastes 11:7-8, KJV).
In all your days, may you rejoice with discerning eyes.
In case you were wondering, I did safely return just as the last usable light of the day had ended.
Also, have a blessed Reformation Day.