Driving back from my friend’s house yesterday in the late afternoon I was lost in thought as I barrelled down the dual carriageway, bursts of rain hitting the windscreen and short, sharp gusts of wind buffeting against my car.
I find times like these quite therapeutic as I enjoy driving (although I have been known to have moments of
road rage annoyance when someone tailgates me when I overtake on the fast lane – and I drive fast – or takes an age to get their car moving when the traffic light turns green or cuts me up on a roundabout) and although the inclement weather didn’t make for perfect driving conditions, the Christmas music playing on Classic FM certainly helped.
Late afternoon was rapidly turning into evening, such are the short days of Winter. A subtle darkening of the cloud-filled skies was just beginning to emerge when it was if God decided at the last minute before bedtime to paint the sky orange. Not just any orange, but one that gave off such a warmth of sunset-light that it bathed everything inside my car, all around me and as far as my eye could see with it’s glorious hue.
I was overcome by the extraordinary touch of this ethereal light that seemed so suddenly to come out of nowhere, as if it wanted to grab a chance to say hello one last time before disappearing into the rapidly descending dark of night.
As if God was saying, ‘I’m here and always will be’.
Bathed in this burnt-orange glow for many long minutes I had to pull over, grab my mobile phone and take a photograph.
Alone with my thoughts, alone on that road, alone in that heavenly glow. Missing friends, thankful for friends I have made since I returned to England ten years ago. Remembering a quote that I have kept all these long years –
“Every close friendship offers the same fundamental thrill; someone has singled you out and chosen you, someone who had no obligation to do so.”
(Credit: Jenny Offill and Elissa Schappell)
Before the sun goes down on you and the night-dark prevails once again I hope that you are basked in the warmth and beauty of the glow of friendship and that you may know that you are never alone.