Today, I’m going to share a friend’s reflection of an experience in Hawaii. It’s a beautiful God moment:
The boat is big. We climb the twelve foot ladder in late afternoon drizzle. The captain says, “Sit down, get ready, here’s to a bumpy ride,” and we head out to sea. Waves 30 feet high meet us the moment we leave the protection of the cove. We pick up speed, racing up a wave and crashing down the other side, holding on tight. Up and down we move across the water, parallel to the high cliffs of the shoreline – cliffs of black lava flow with crystal blue waves crashing upon them, beating them into more gentle contours. But the stark black cliffs look more menacing the closer we move to lava flow. There is no green thing to be seen, only the old black lava against the blue, blue water. Then, to the left, far out upon the sea, I see a bright, bright double rainbow in the gathering dusk. There upon the water is my God’s promise to be with me always in hues of lavender, red, orange, yellow, green, and blue stretching wide across a cloudy sky, touching the waves that toss me about. He is with me in all these adventures, in all this life of goodness.
Turning back to view the land, I see a cloud of white billowing up in the near distance. Larger and larger it looms as we approach, tainted with darkness at its base. Then, upon the black cliffs, we see hundreds of people all turned to see the plumes of smoke. The boat slows, the air fills with sulfuric fumes, and the water starts to boil… Awe is what I feel at the power of the earth. Awe at the observation of new land forming. Awe at the realization of how small and vulnerable I am.
Isaiah 40:12-14, 28:
Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens? Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket, or weighed the mountains on the scales and the hills in a balance? Who can fathom the Spirit of the Lord, or instruct the Lord as his counselor? Whom did the Lord consult to enlighten him, and who taught him the right way? Who was it that taught him knowledge, or showed him the path of understanding? Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.