Unexpected Sunset at Rib Mt

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.

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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).

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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.

Notes

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.

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