The North Shore of Oahu did something to me. The moment I stepped out of the car and glanced back at the mist covered mountains, the island atmosphere descended upon me like a cloak.
But it wasn’t just the foggy mist, the fuzzy yet craggy green mountains, the deep blue ocean, or the waves with their white crests rolling into splendid, light blue sea-foam. There was an ethereal beauty that settled silently on my shoulders and seeped into my very soul. It changed my mood, it shifted something deep inside me, it slowed my breathing and swept me into its magical, unearthly presence.
The last time I felt like that was at the Grand Canyon. We drove from Colorado to the North Rim and didn’t stop for a peek until we reached the lodge, located right on the canyon rim. We parked and I ran into the lodge to get my first glimpse through the big bay windows. The magnitude, the grandeur, the overwhelming awesomeness of that scene froze me in my tracks; I lost all sense of time and place for a few moments and stood transfixed, struggling to comprehend such majesty. Later that night we gazed at the unimaginable display of stars and I was overcome by the sheer breadth and width of the sky, so big you could almost see eternity behind it.
And that is what makes these places so special. It’s not just the beauty, it’s what lies behind it. It’s that undeniable sense that there is something bigger than us behind these jewels, so much bigger than us! It is soothing, peaceful, and calm, but it also resonates with strength and power as it displays a glory that leaves us in awe.
“From the creation of the world His invisible attributes, that is, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what he has made.” Romans 1:20 HCSB