The Sunset and the Dirt

Rachel Watkins Sunset

My son is blessed to have married into a godly family. I’d like to share a bit of that blessing with you today. Here are the words of his sister-in-law, Rachel, a young woman just into her second year of teaching.


I came home from work yesterday feeling more weary than usual. I normally listen to a podcast on the way home from work, often sitting in the car for a few minutes to finish it up before I head into the house. Today was different. After the podcast ended, I couldn’t seem to find the energy or motivation to get out of the car and go inside.

I knew what was on the other side of that door: a pile of dishes accumulated throughout the week, stacks of laundry yet to be put away, homework to grade, and lessons that needed to be planned. I wasn’t ready to deal with it all. I started to make a to do list in my head, which normally brings panic rather than organization and productivity. Finally, I just closed my eyes and took a deep breath. When I opened them, I noticed the breathtaking sunset in front of me. Like any other contemporary woman, I picked up my phone to snap a photo.

I tried to get my camera lens to focus on the brilliance and grace of the setting sun, the bright orange rays streaming out from all sides. Sadly, though, my windshield was too dirty. My camera lens could only focus on the specs of bird poop and squished bugs that had accumulated during my daily commute. (Sorry, Dad!) I started to become frustrated, but then I realized….I was acting like my camera lens. I couldn’t figure out how to focus on the beauty of what was right in front of me because I was so focused on all the little specs of dirt in my life. The worst part? I was allowing those specs to block the wonder of the gift God had created for me!

  • How many times do we do the same thing throughout our everyday life?
  • How many times do we let a disagreement keep us from seeing the blessing of a relationship?
  • How many times do we let stinky socks, dirty dishes, and unmade beds distract us from the beautiful lives that create the mess?

Whatever is distracting you from the gift of God’s goodness today, I encourage you: Take a deep breath, step out of the car, and capture the moment—because sunsets don’t last forever!