Monday, November 12, 2007


What a morning we experienced as we took my niece and her girlfriend to the top of Mt. Haleakala this morning! We began by waking up at 3:30 a.m. to start climbing (by car) from 1200 Elev. to the summit of Haleakala at 10,230 feet elevation. We arrived purposely before sunrise so that we could watch that incredible view of the sun rising and lighting up the crater at first light!

We were amazed that we were not the only ones to get that brilliant idea---there were hundreds of people waiting for that ultimate moment when the fringes of the clouds announce the sun's coming by its orange glow, then the first edge of the sun peeping over the top, and in a matter of seconds, the full sun popping up almost blinding in its brightness. You could see flashes of cameras all around trying to capture that moment in time when they personally saw the sun make its appearance.

At 10,000 feet it was quite cold--about 45 degrees. Some people were not prepared for the cold thinking that in Hawaii you should only experience warm tropical weather. They were very uncomfortable. Others knew that at such a high elevation, you would need extra heat from an outside source in the absence of the sun. We had gone prepared with warm jackets, gloves and hats, and a big thermos of hot coffee to get us through the morning.

I can't help but think of Jesus Christ and His return as I relate our experience up on that mountaintop this morning. Wouldn't it be a wonder if all peoples of the earth would anticipate God's Son, Jesus Christ, so eagerly and watch and wait for that sudden light of His presence to appear? Are we prepared for that day to occur? It will happen---it has been promised and God cannot lie! Are we "camera-ready" waiting to capture the moment and allow the thrill of it to grasp our hearts for eternity? When He comes to reign on the earth, His light will light the world. There will be no need for any other source of heat or light. His presence will light up the sky and we will either welcome the light or shrink from it depending upon our relationship with Him. Just as we were awed by the sight of the sun rising over the horizon this morning, we will be totally awe-struck by God's Son coming in the clouds to meet us in the air!

Awaiting the Son,


Blogger Rich said...

That was a great blog entry! What a clear illustration of being ready for the Lords return. I'll remember that for a long time!

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