“His cloud-brightness like dawn, exploding, spreading,forked-lightning shooting from his hand—what power hidden in that fist!” Habakkuk 3:4
Years ago my daughter and her husband were married in Maui. After the wedding festivities, our immediate family spent a week enjoying the island. One morning my son offered me the opportunity to ride to the top of Haleakala (a volcano peak over 9,000 feet) to see the sun rise. I opted out of climbing out of my bed at 3:00 a.m. and riding up the mountain in the dark.
When the travelers returned, my son said, “I don’t think Karen had much fun.” Apparently her fear of heights and the hairpin curves sent her into a fetal position on the floor of the backseat. If I had been in the car, I’m sure I would have accompanied her there.
Sometimes my fears and anxieties keep me from experiencing the majesty and power of God’s creation. Fortunately, I can see a sunrise from my valley home over three-hundred times each year. But, I must admit, it would be awesome to see the sun rise at Haleakala in person instead of through someone else’s eyes.
Dear Lord, help us find beauty, warmth, and a sense of hope each day as the sun rises. Amen.