Have you ever watched the setting of the sun at the beach?
It is such a beautiful site.
We spent a November evening on a North Carolina beach watching the sun go down.
The Fall air was cool and crisp, but we didn’t let that hinder our joy.
There is something very special and exciting about being at the water’s edge.
The colors in the sky were beautiful!
The smell of the ocean and the sensation of breathing in the salty air is a completely different experience than our day to day experience. If feels energizing, like it is renewing something inside the body and the mind.
I could watch the ocean and sky for hours and never get tired of the view.
The sand feels amazing and was cool to the touch. We collected some seashells along the beach.
We saw a flock of pelicans flying above us.
Even though it was chilly, we decided to get our feet wet.
We tried to catch the waves coming into the shore.
The waves and the pull of the under tow current were quite powerful and knocked us off our feet several times.
One fella didn’t want to get wet. He said it was too cold.
But the rest of the group was eager to get wet from head to toe even though we only agreed to get our “feet” wet.
Even though the water was cold and the current was strong, I enjoyed getting my feet in the water too. The waves kept a constant rhythm with perfect timing.
It felt so peaceful.
We enjoyed an evening walk on the beach and walked to a fishing peer not far from where we played.
The sun set was stunning behind the peer.
It gave the appearance of a glowing fire off in the distance.
The fishing peer went out so far and then was blocked at the end. It seemed as if the peer would have gone further, but perhaps had been lost in a storm.
Even though a major hurricane, Hurricane Matthew, had come through days earlier, the rest of the peer was still in good standing and many folks were using it for fishing and enjoying the evening.
I loved the contrast of the peer and the evening sky and ocean waves.
You could sense the determination of this peer to withstand whatever the elements of nature could beat it with.
The structure seemed to rebel against the constant waves, the salty air, and the gusts of wind.
The setting sun was gorgeous! It peered through the dark clouds sandwiched between the sky and the water.
This experience reminds us of what it might of been like at the beginning. The bible talks about the beginning.
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.
And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.” So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so. God called the vault “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.
And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good.”
Looking away from the sun, in the opposite direction, the sky and the water seemed to be a reflection of each other, a matching blue that seemed to go on forever.
But looking towards the sunset, the colors were vibrant and seemed layered like a rainbow that had been deconstructed.
Sitting above the waves, felts as if we were sitting on them. Resting on the benches of the peer was a special experience.
The peer puts you out on the water, away from the shore.
Though you are sitting still, everything around you is in motion and has a rhythm of it’s own. Everything is moving with a beat, the water, the sky, the salty air on your face, and the sound it all makes has a nourishing rhythm that feeds the soul.
All your senses are enhanced and focused on the beat, the soothing sound of the moving water and the amazing colors of the sky.
After we watched the sun set, we walked up the beach a little bit further for some food. Later we came back outside to watch the beach in the darkness.
We sat on the steps of a small gazebo looking out over the water. It was so peaceful.
A long way out, there was a small twinkle of light from ships on the water.
We could also see the lights of the fishing peer reflect on the water.
But otherwise, we could no longer depend on our eyes to understand our environment. We could not see the sky, and we could not see the water, we could only sense they were still there in the darkness.
Instead of using our eyes, we tuned our ears to the sounds of the night. All we could hear was the familiar sound of the waves hitting the beach in a soothing rhythm. It was peaceful.
The older kids and I wanted to stay outside all night, but the younger kids and daddy were getting sleepy, so it was time to head inside. Bedtime seemed to come too quickly, yet we welcomed the end of this day feeling relaxed and renewed.
We definitely want to experience the sun setting on the beach again soon.