As I watched the sky turn orange yesterday evening when the sun started to set, quite a huge part of me wanted to leap up, and stop it from setting. Another day just gone. Time. My scrambling for time feels like I’m trying to cling to water, only to see it escape from my every tiny gap in my very tight grip.
However, as sunrise of the next day approaches, I watch the skies. The sun has not surfaced yet but it has started to light up the sky surrounding its rising and within minutes, it feels like the entire sky has been lit up with its powerful rays.
It is in watching this process that I realize the sign that has been given to us, fellow mortals. That to our finite eye, or our finite minds, it seems like magnanimous entities or grand characters go away. But, in reality, it is our limitation in being able to be outside of time and space that truly restricts our vision. For the lover of the moon, the long summer days may feel endless; and for the lover of the sun, the lengthy winter nights are never-ending. In those moments of darkness, when the sun has just set and you stare at the dark blue skies where the sun once shone, it is difficult to think of the time when it will surface again, but it shall.
The trees are amazing examples. The winter seems to void the trees of all its life, its once green leaves turn lifeless and fall to the ground and turn bare. Yet, as the Spring approaches, the tree springs to life in its most beautiful of forms, and is brought back at its peak. Just as it blooms in all its beauty, the sun rises in all its brilliance and so does the beautiful crescent moon. We will meet again , in all of our beauty.
Another example is the cloudy day. It gives us the false pretence that the sun isn’t present. While the clouds do block out the visible light, the UV radiation actually becomes stronger. In the same way, visibly and physically a person may no longer be with us but their force and their energy is very much still present, if not more. A person may not be with us physically but they are very much present and it is a matter of time before the clouds go away and the sun shines once again.
These signs found in all of God’s creation are reassurance of our meeting again. It’s never goodbye, its only see you later. And for the time being, for : the sunless nights, the moonless days, the endless winters :
Rest assured. You are not alone.
“Patience does not mean to passively endure. It means to be farsighted enough to trust the end result of a process. What does patience mean? It means to look at the thorn and see the rose, to look at the night and see the dawn. Impatience means to be shortsighted as to not able to see the outcome. The lovers of God never runs out of patience, for they know that time is needed for the crescent moon to become full.” – Shams Tabrizi