I was twenty-three years old. It was just three of us (my parents and I), loving the beautiful resort on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. Tranquil. I woke up to hear the faint movement of my father’s feet and the chinking sound of his belt being placed around his waist. Then, his pockets being filled. The sun had not awakened and he began combing his hair. He noticed me peering at him and quietly whispered he was going for a walk.
The moment he told me, I simply could have placed my head down and slept until the brightness of our room was filled completely or let the morning resort breakfast treats lure me up. But I knew what he was going to do. Did I want to miss it? My heart was drawn more to what could happen and how enjoyable the moments could be. So, I quickly changed and grabbed my shoes.
We walked down a path that he must have been routinely visiting during our stay. Along a steep tropical walkway, after passing the resort pool and empty lounge chairs, we stood together. Beautifully manicured green land felt spongy beneath our feet. Powerful sounds of the ocean waves were heard distantly as it was forced below the steep wall of rocks; the grandeur of the oceanic view blending with the coastal land. Then, it began…beauty at its best; a morning sunrise in the tropics.
This was a memorable moment to enjoy and the most beautiful time of an entire day. Who else in my family knows the treasure of the first light, my father, of course. How precious to experience the tranquility of daybreak as it begins with the most vibrant colors that goes beyond delightful to impressive greatness. It was a moment of life to breathe and watch silently.
Are you (and I) given those moments to choose a resplendent moment with God? Even at a time when life winds up, shuffles around or becomes like a wacky stampede of ducks. Do we pull the sheets up, roll over and drift back to sleep? Or do we realize the preciousness of being in the presence of our God? Is it so important to know what is going to happen? When our Abba Father, our Creator, wants to be with us and calls on you and me…stop! Or get up and tell the Lord you are there and listening. These are wise words from Samuel to Eli in 1 Samuel 3:9.
Have a blessed day!
With Love, Jeanette