Gratitude

I was going to post this yesterday, but Thanksgiving took an unexpected nose dive to the pits of Hell and recovery seems to be miles away. Which means that even though this post is a day late, it is even more necessary today than it was yesterday.

I wake up to this view every day. The tranquil Bay is the first thing that my eyes settle upon. Weekends are the best because I get to see it in the daylight, but it’s still beautiful at night. I am frequently awakened by something in the still hours of the early morning and the Bay is still there, calm and backlit by the city lights. It’s almost impossible to sleep during a full moon since the unbroken surface reflects the light so perfectly, like candles on a mirrored surface.

I’m not a “nature” person; you are unlikely to hear the phrase “let’s go for a hike” come out of my mouth. Yet, I love the beauty of Hawaii. Psalms 19 says that:

The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
2 Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
3 They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
4 Yet their voicegoes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.
In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.
5     It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
like a champion rejoicing to run his course.
6 It rises at one end of the heavens
and makes its circuit to the other;
nothing is deprived of its warmth.

My heart catches on this Psalm whenever I happen across it, but I don’t think I fully understood it until I saw the Beauty of the Bay. I am grateful to see God in the beauty of his creation– in both nature  and the people around me. I am thankful that He soothes my troubled heart like the still, flat surface of the Bay and I am thankful that He has given me an incredible family and great friends. People who I can reach out to when the storms of this life start to crash against the uncertain shores of my existence. I am infinitely grateful for a God who has the ability to calm the seas, but also the steadfastness to see me through any maelstrom. I pray that you find His peace this Thanksgiving.

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